PERIOD: 18th century
A FINE AND RARE LEMON-YELLOW-GROUND SMALL CUP YONGZHENG MARK MEASUREMENTS measurements note height 1 7/8 in., 4.8 cm DESCRIPTION of U-shape supported on a short straight foot, the exterior applied with a bright lemon-yellow enamel glaze, the interior and recessed base glazed white PROVENANCE Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, 15th October 1989, lot 427. CATALOGUE NOTE According to Rose Kerr in Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911, Chicago, 1998, the yellow palette used for porcelains was "enlarged to include an opaque, brilliant lemon tone produced by using a lead-antimony enamel also containing zinc. For the same reasons as for the bright lime green, this startling color was not manufactured for long." This cup is unusually small. Compare to larger examples illustrated in Kerr, ibid., pl. 69; The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics IV, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 31; and The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 53. Another larger cup was sold at Christie's New York, 29th March 2006, lot 469.