• 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 443

    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED WATER POT, TAIBAI ZUN

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

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    A PEACHBLOOM-GLAZED WATER POT, TAIBAI ZUN
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    The domed body incised with three dragon roundels and covered with a glaze of rich crushed strawberry red tone thinning in areas to mushroom and to pale greenish-mushroom on the waisted neck between a line of brownish color at the base of the neck and a line of crushed strawberry tone at the edge of the white rim
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam.


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    Waterpots of this form are known as taibai zun, after the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, who is often depicted leaning against a large wine jar of similar form. They are also known as qizhao zun because their shape resembles that of a chicken coop. Such waterpots belong to the group of eight peachbloom wares, the 'Eight Great Numbers', ba da ma, of which a complete set is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989 (rev. ed.), p. 237. Another complete set of eight from the Jingguantang Collection was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 557.

    Similar waterpots can be found in many important collections including the Palace Museum, Beijing and the Percival David Foundation, London. See, also, the example sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 342.