• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1915

    A COPPER-RED AND ENAMEL-DECORATED WATERPOT

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    A COPPER-RED AND ENAMEL-DECORATED WATERPOT
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZED-BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

    The globular body tapering to the shallow foot rim and recessed base, finely painted in underglazed-red of pale rose tone with two rose blossoms borne on leafy branches in green enamel outlined in black issuing from the base, the calyx of one blossom in iron-red, all against a creamy white glaze of even tone
    3 3/8 in. ( 8.5 cm. ) high, box


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    This elegant water pot belongs to an elite group of small scholars objects made during the Kangxi reign which employed extremely restrained decoration executed in the rare combination of underglaze copper-red and overglaze green, black, and occasionally aubergine, enamels.
    Similar Kangxi waterpots of identical design can be found in a number of famous collections, including one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 41, no. 24; one is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in The Baur Collection, vol. II, 1999, no. 149; and another by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. II, London, 1994, p. 111, no. 737.

    Provenance

    Previously sold at Christie's New York, 23 March 1995, lot 372


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A JAPANESE COLLECTOR