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Five-Color Twelve-Month Floral Cups of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty

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During the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1662-1722)

Each piece has a height of 5 cm, an opening with a diameter of 6.5 cm, and a foot with a diameter of 2.5 cm.

The Twelve-Month Floral Cups are famous and precious varieties among the porcelain of Emperor Kangxi, with the twelve flowers painted on the twelve cups representing the twelve months according to the flower symbolizing each month. These flowers include daffodil, magnolia, peach blossom, peony, pomegranate flowers, lotus flower, orchid, sweet-scented osmanthus, chrysanthemum, Hibiscus mutabilis, Chinese rose, and plum blossom. This set of floral cups are shaped like bells facing upward, and their bases are so exquisite and thin that they seem bodiless. The plain and white bases are painted with splendid flowers featuring fine and smooth drawing techniques and overflowing with vigor. The other side of the flower side on the exterior of each cup is respectively adorned with two lines of five-character or seven-character poem in regular script in blue and white, and below the poem lines is a regular seal mark that read shang (lit. ‘appreciation’) in seal script. The cup’s bottom shows double rings in blue and white porcelain, with Daqing Kangxi nian zhi (lit. ‘made during the reign of Emperor Kangxi’) written in two lines in regular script.