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A blue and white stem cup, Daoguang six-character seal mark in underglaze blue in a line and of the period (1821-1850). Estimate HK$80,000 – HK$120,000 ($10,366 – $15,549). Price Realized HK$150,000 ($19,437). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The exterior is painted with lanca characters interspersed with flower-heads growing from scrolling stems and leaves above a band of radiating lappets. The interior of the cup is decorated with a large stylised flower-head medallion. 4 in. (10.3 cm.) high

Provenance: Mr and Mrs M.S. Whitehouse

Exhibited: Oriental Ceramic Society, London, Loan Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain 14th to 19th Centuries, 16 December 1953-23 January 1954, Catalogue, no. 317

Notes: A similarly decorated but slightly smaller example from the Simon Kwan Collection, exhibited at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, is illustrated in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, Hong Kong, 1983, Catalogue, no.11. A slightly smaller Qianlong example is included in the illustrated Catalogue, Ch’ing dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, no. 13.

Christie’s. THE PAVILION SALE – CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 7 October 2014, 22nd Floor