16 September 2015
AN IRON-RED AND GILT-DECORATED CUP
KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)
The deep cup is decorated on one side with a carp leaping from tumultuous waves scattered with prunus blossoms beneath a constellation and the moon. The reverse is inscribed with a couplet describing the scene, and two seals which read qing yi (pure pleasure), and mushi ju (the residence of wood and stone).
4 ½ in. (10.8 cm.) high
Christie's Amsterdam, 8 May 2001, lot 404.
The James E. Sowell Collection, Dallas, Texas.
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