BLUE & WHITE OPENWORK CUP AND SAUCER
CATALOGUE NUMBER 0373
BLUE & WHITE OPENWORK CUP
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722)
Diameter of saucer: 5 ⅛ inches
Berwald Oriental Art, London, 1999
A blue and white open-work teabowl and saucer. The double-walled cup is pierced with three chrysanthemum blooms on a honeycomb ground, through which can be seen blue and white flowers and foliage painted Saucer on the inner wall of the bowl. The interior rim has a whorl band and the base is also double-walled with a pierced cash symbol within a blue double circle. The interior of the bowl is decorated with similar flowers and foliage and the rim has three compressed chrysanthemum flowers on a cell border. The saucer is of a single thickness and painted in the center with a large chrysanthemum flower head surrounded by scrolling lotus plants on a blue ground. The rim is cut with a pattern of chrysanthemum petals interspersed with four reserves each containing a flowering plant. The underside is encircled with an unusual stylized band of scrolling lotus surrounding a ruyi within a double circle.