• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 446

    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED AMPHORA, LIUYE ZUN

    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)

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    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED AMPHORA, LIUYE ZUN
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    The high-shouldered, tapering body covered with a greyish-pink glaze with some bright pink mottling on the shoulder and ending in a neat line where the biscuit body is exposed above the countersunk foot, the interior of the mouth of reddish-rose color with some apple-green mottling
    6 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) high, bronze stand


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    The shape of this vessel, Guanyin ping, refers to the shape of the vase held by many figures of Guanyin, and said to contain ambrosia or magic elixir. It is also known as liuye ping, 'willow-leaf vase', owing to its elegant form which resembles that of a willow leaf. It is one of the ba da ma or 'Eight Great Numbers', eight specific vessels covered in a peachbloom glaze.

    Similar examples are in major institutions worldwide including the Palace Museum, Beijing; the Shanghai Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Palace Museum, Taipei; the Baur Collection, Geneva and the Meiyintang Collection. See, also, the example sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 May 2005, lot 1233.