• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1397

    A RARE DOUCAI WINE CUP

    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE DOUCAI WINE CUP
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Thinly potted and delicately painted with Su Jin kneeling on a mat with an open sutra and wine cup before him as he prays to a statue of Budai set upon a table, the scene separated from a fourteen-character insciption and seal (shang) by a banana tree and rock
    2½ in. (6.4 cm.) diam.


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    The poem may be read, 'Su Jin abstains from meat before his embroidered scroll of the Buddha, but when in his cups he often loves to offend against the rituals.' On this cup the figure of Budai represents Maitreya Buddha. A similar blue and white cup is illustrated by P. Moss, Between Heaven and Earth, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1988, no. 40 (one of two cups), where the author refers to the substitution of a figure of Budai with that of an embroidered scroll as "artistic license". This cup was later sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 1 December 2009, lot 1895.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 15 November 1983, lot 296.
    Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 15 May 1990, lot 280.
    Mary Porter Walsh Collection.


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