Chinese porcelain blue and white pierced openwork small cup painted with five Buddhist lion circular medallions, all on a intricate cash form openwork ground between bands of scrolling foliage at the rim and above a band of lappets at the foot, glazed on the interior, the base unglazed.

3 ½ inches, 9 cm diameter.

Chongzhen, c.1640.


Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of the engineer, Hoger Rosell (1917-2009), thence by direct descent of the family.
  • A similar bowl is illustrated by Stephen Little in Chinese Ceramics of the Transitional Period: 1620-1683, no. 24, p. 72, where the author notes, “This technique is known in Chinese as linglong, and seems to have first appears just slightly earlier during the Wanli period; a group of related bowls were salvaged by Captain Michael Hatcher and was sold by Christie’s Amsterdam in their auction of Fine and Important Late Ming and Transitional Porcelain, Recently recovered from an Asian vessel in the South China Sea, the property of Captain Michael Hatcher, 14th March 1984, lot 195 & 196. p. 38.



Excellent, one minute nick in the openwork cash.