Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The 'Holy Grail" of Chinese Teacups sold by Sotheby's

The "Holy Grail" of teacups that was made during the Ming Dynasty - 500 years old.
It is said that only 17 of such pieces are in existence, of which only 4 are in private collector's cache and the remaining in museums.
The Rooster cups as they are called, are decorated with a cockeral, hen and chicks grazing amidst a beautiful scene of flowers around the cup.
The porcelain is translucent.
The porcelain cup is painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamel - Doucai style.

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