• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

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

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 353

    A RARE SMALL DOUCAI CUP

    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)

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    A RARE SMALL DOUCAI CUP
    JIAJING SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1522-1566)
    With steep, slightly rounded sides rising from a narrow foot ring, delicately painted on the exterior with four flower sprays, each with a central iron-red flower surrounded by scrolling leaves, between a double line border above and a single line border below, the nianhao written in pale underglaze blue
    2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) diam., openwork wood stand, box


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    The design found on the present cup appears to be based on Chenghua prototypes. Compare two Chenghua-marked examples of the same shape and decoration illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Ch'eng-Hua Porcelain Ware, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2003, pp. 184-5, nos. 192-3. It is interesting to note that the interiors of the Chenghua cups are decorated with a double vajra and Sanskrit characters, while the interior of the current cup is left undecorated.

    Provenance

    Formerly J.M. Hu Collection.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN EAST COAST COLLECTION