• 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 442

    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED CHRYSANTHEMUM VASE, JUBAN PING

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

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    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED CHRYSANTHEMUM VASE, JUBAN PING
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    The ovoid body with a band of chrysanthemum petals molded above the rounded foot and surmounted by a tall neck flaring towards the rim, covered with a glaze of deep rose color thinning to pale pink on the rim above a line of deep rose and then mottled apple-green color on the inside of the mouth and neck
    8 5/8 in. (21.7 cm.)


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    Vases of this type are also known as heban ping, referring to the narrow petals as being lotus rather than chrysanthemum petals. This was the opinion of Ralph M. Chait in his article, 'The Eight Prescribed Peachbloom Shapes bearing K'ang Hsi Marks', Oriental Art, vol. III, No. 4, Winter 1957, pp. 130-7. However, over time they have become most commonly known as 'chrysanthemum' vases, or juban ping. They are one of the peachbloom-glazed vessels known as the 'Eight Great Numbers', ba da ma, which are some of the most sophisticated and distinguished of all imperial porcelains.

    Stephen Bushell in Oriental Ceramic Art: illustrated Examples from the Collection of W.T. Walters, 1899, New York, new ed., London, 1981, discussses the variations in the peachbloom glaze and notes that "the Chinese, in comparing the colour, have thought of the apple rather than the peach; it is pingguo hong (apple red), and the markings on it are pingguo qing (apple green), and mei gui ci (rose-crimson)," as well as "jiangdou hong (bean red), in allusion to the small Chinese kidney bean, with its variegated pink colour and brown spots."
    Vases of this type are in major institutions and collections worldwide. See, also, the example sold in these rooms, 29 March 2006, lot 450.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED VESSELS FOR THE SCHOLARS' DESK
    PROPERTY OF THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND
    LOTS 442-454