A FINE FAMILLE-VERTE 'ORCHID' MONTH CUP
MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI
delicately potted with thin steep sides supported on a low straight foot, elegantly rising to a flared rim, meticulously enamelled around the sides with stands of orchids, signifying the seventh month, springing from rockwork beside a rushing stream in various shades of cobalt blue, the reverse inscribed in regular script with an excerpt from a Tang Dynasty poem, reading Guang dian qingxiang fa, gao tai yuan chui yin ('The spacious hall imbued with subtle fragrance, while music was played in the high pavilion afar'), followed by a square seal Shang ('Appreciate'), the countersunk base inscribed with a six-character reign mark
6.6 cm., 2 5/8 in.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th November 1986, lot 286.
Christie's Hong Kong, 1st November 2004, lot 1105.