21 September 2000
THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
A Rare Blue and White Perfumed Water Sprinkler
The globular body decorated with five lion roundels separated by clouds set below a ruyi-decorated diaper band and a faux cover surmounted by a small knop, with six arched tubes painted with Y-diaper rising from the shoulder to the sides of the cup-shaped sprinkler pierced on top with a central and six surrounding apertures
7in. (17.8cm.) high
Warren E. Cox Collection.
Sotheby's, New York, 15 June 1983, lot 286.
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W.E. Cox, The Book of Pottery and Porcelain, New York, 1944, vol. I, pl. 140.
Another vessel of this very unusual form, also decorated with romping lions is in the Victoria and Albert Museum and illustrated by R.L. Hobson, Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, New York, 1976, pl. 68, fig. 1.
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