• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1920

    A FINE PAIR OF DOUCAI 'SANDUO' WINECUPS

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    A FINE PAIR OF DOUCAI 'SANDUO' WINECUPS
    YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN DOUBLE-CIRCLES AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

    Of thinly potted conical form supported on a short foot, delicately enamelled on the exterior with fruiting sprigs of peach, finger citrus, and lychee forming the sanduo, in tones of lemon-yellow, two shades of green, russet and iron-red within underglaze blue borders, the interior with a central medallion enclosing a flowering rose on a curled thorny stem
    2 3/4 in. (7.1 cm.) diam., box
    (2)


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    The three types of fruiting branches combined together forms the 'Three Abundances', sanduo, and together they symbolise the wish for numerous sons, a long life and blessings.

    Compare with a similar pair of cups also with Yongzheng marks illustrated in Chinese Porcelain, The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 98; and another pair from the Paul and Helen Bernat collection was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 15 November, 1988, lot 6. A single winecup was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1495.

    Provenance

    he Edward T. Chow Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19 May 1981, lot 561; and sold again, 28 April 1992, lot 211


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A FAR EASTERN COLLECTOR


    Exhibited

    David Lin & Co., Qing Dynasty Polychrome Porcelains, Taipei, 2000, pl. 8