A FINE AND RARE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ CUP
A FINE AND RARE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ CUP
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A FINE AND RARE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ CUP

YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)

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A FINE AND RARE WUCAI ‘DRAGON’ CUP
YONGZHENG SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE WITHIN A DOUBLE CIRCLE AND OF THE PERIOD (1723-1735)
The finely potted cup is painted in bright enamels and underglaze blue with two sinuous four-clawed dragons in flight in pursuit of flaming pearls amidst clouds.
3 5/8 in. (9.3 cm.) diam., Japanese wood box
Provenance
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 16 May 1989, lot 337
Sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1 November 2004, lot 1103

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Lot Essay

No other Yongzheng cup of this design appears to be published. The present cup was probably made early in the Yongzheng period, as it compares closely to late Kangxi cups and bowls, such as a Kangxi-marked doucai bowl painted with dragon medallions in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares, Hong Kong, 1998, no. 159 (fig. 1), which is also potted with deep rounded sides rising to a straight rim, and inscribed with a mark in three vertical columns, possibly by the same hand as the potter who inscribed the present cup given the similarity in the modulation of each stroke and the spacing between strokes. The manner in which the dragons and clouds are painted is also similar, although the use of turquoise enamel was not found on the Kangxi example.

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