CATALOGUE NUMBERS 1220 & 1221
PAIR OF FAMILLE VERTE AND DOUCAI CONICAL CUPS
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722) WITH CHENGHUA SIX-CHARACTER MARK
Diameter: 3 ¼ inches
Christie's New York, September 20, 2001, lot 153
The Falk Collection, no. 34
A pair of small famille verte conical cups. Thinly potted, the exterior of each delicately painted with a scene of a sage riding a donkey beside a blossoming prunus tree in a landscape, an attendant following behind carrying one of the branches, the interior decorated in doucai with four cranes in flight alternating with clouds at the rim above a wave filled medallion. With Chenghua marks.
The style of painting on these two bowls strongly resembles two other, slightly smaller, pairs of conical cups, also from the Kangxi period, and also with apocryphal Chenghua marks, in the Percival David Foundation. These David Foundation cups are published in Illustrated Catalogue of Qing Enameled Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, 1973, nos. PDF 875 and 876, and PDF 892 and 893, illustrated pl. IX.