• 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 433

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE SQUARE JARDINIERE

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

    Price Realised  

    A RARE BLUE AND WHITE SQUARE JARDINIERE
    KANGXI SIX-CHARACTER MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE IN A LINE AND OF THE PERIOD (1662-1722)
    Raised on four ruyi supports, the sides flaring outward at the corners and each finely painted with a different scene, one with two scholars leaning on a pine tree as they converse near a waterfall, the other three with river landscapes, all below the flat everted rim with indented corners painted with cranes grasping lingzhi in their beaks as they fly amidst clouds between the spreading peach-laden branches at the corners, the reign mark painted on the underside of the rim
    14¼ in. (36.3 cm.) square


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    A nearly identical Kangxi mark and period blue and white jardinière is in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Qing Shunzhi Kangxi Chao Qinghuaci, Beijing, 2005, pp. 516-7, no. 336.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangdong, circa 1890-1920s, thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NORTH-AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY