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A FAMILLE VERTE 'MONTH' CUP
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A FAMILLE VERTE 'MONTH' CUP

KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

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A FAMILLE VERTE 'MONTH' CUP
KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
Delicately potted with flaring sides and gently everted mouth rim, enamelled with narcissus and a single rose spray extending from jagged rocks, the reverse with the couplet, Chun feng nong yu lai qing zhou, ye yue ling bo shang da ti, followed by the seal mark, Shang, 'appreciation'
2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) diam.
Provenance
Christies Hong Kong, 1 May 1995, (part lot) 734.
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Lot Essay

The couplet can be translated as:
'A new day is heralded by the Spring breeze brushing the rose;
the narcissus by moonlight appear as gentle waves flowing into the causeway'.

Although there has been some debate as to whether the narcissus depicts the eleventh or twelfth lunar month, research carried out by the Hong Kong Museum suggests that it should represent the eleventh month. Similar examples in the Percival David Foundation and the Hong Kong Museum of Art are both designated as the eleventh month, respectively illustrated by R. E. Scott, 'Fine Porcelain and Delicate Brushwork', Orientations, November 1986, figs. 2-2b; and the other included in the exhibition, The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Qing Ceramics, Hong Kong, 1984, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 15.

Compare the pair of narcissus cups sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 29 April 1996, lot 753.

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