October 12, 11:48 AM GMT
800,000 - 1,200,000 HKD
A very rare and fine pair of lemon-yellow 'mallow' cups
Marks and period of Yongzheng
清雍正 檸檬黃葵花式盃一對 《大清雍正年製》款
each skilfully moulded with a band of petals encircling the foot, below the subtly overlapping petals rising to the lobed rim resembling a mallow bloom, covered overall save for the footring and base with a vibrant yellow enamel, the latter left white and inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character reign mark within a double circle
Sotheby's New York, 18th September 1996, lot 221.
It is extremely rare to find a yellow-enamelled cup of this charming form and dainty size. A much larger pair of yellow-enamelled mallow-shaped bowls from the collection of Edward T. Hall, nos 417 and 420, was sold at Christie’s London, 7th June 2004, lot 277; and a further yellow example, even larger in size, was sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 27th October 2003, lot 703.
See also a small white moulded ‘mallow’ cup in the collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art (accession no. C1984.0009), but with incised details on the overlapping petals and a square reign mark, included in the Museum’s exhibition The Wonders of the Potter’s Palette, Hong Kong, 1984, cat. no. 58. Compare also a large ‘mallow’ bowl in lime green glaze in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, London (accession no. 247-1905), and published in Rose Kerr, Chinese Ceramics. Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, London, 1986, pl. 66.
香港藝術館館藏一白釉模印葵花形小盃（藏品編號C1984.0009），惟花萼上帶暗劃花紋及底繪方框年款，曾出展《清瓷薈錦：香港藝術館藏清代陶瓷》，香港，1984年，編號58。亦可參看一較大，施淡綠彩的葵花形盌，屬倫敦維多利亞和艾伯特博物館藏品（藏品編號247-1905），刊於柯玫瑰，《Chinese Ceramics. Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911》，倫敦，1986年，圖版66。