• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1896

    A FINE AND VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'JIAO SUI' WINE CUP

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    A FINE AND VERY RARE BLUE AND WHITE 'JIAO SUI' WINE CUP
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Finely rendered in shades of cobalt-blue to depict one of the eight 'Immortals of the Wine Cup', Jiao Sui, seated with arms folded at a table with four companions, each of whom with their long sleeved arms raised in salutation, with a young attendant standing to one side bearing wine ewers, inscribed with an inscription followed by a seal, Shang, 'Appreciation'
    2 5/8 in. (6.4 cm.) high, box


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    Jiao Sui is shown seated at a table with four other scholars. It was thought that Jiao Sui could only express his brilliance when drunk, and it would seem that, as depicted here, Jiao Sui had already partaken of enough wine to render him eloquent, since he is shown seated with his arms folded, while the others at the table express their astonishment at, and respect for, his erudition by their various gestures.

    On the back of the cup is inscribed the verse from Du Fu's poem relating to Jiao Sui:
    Jiao Sui needs five gallons [of wine] before he can become erudite,
    Then the loftiness of his rhetoric amazes those vigorously debating in the four halls.

    Provenance

    A European Private collection
    Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 22 May 1986, lot 227


    Literature

    Sydney L. Moss, Between Heaven and Earth, no. 40