Previously sold in our New York Rooms, 2 December 1989, lot 383A.
It is very rare to find waterpots of this form decorated with both iron-red and copper-red. A closely related example decorated with both underglaze-copper red and overglaze enamels from the Musee Guimet, Paris, is illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 14, col. pl. 187 and again in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha Series, vol. 7, col. pl. 42. Cf. also the example included in the Special Inaugural Exhibition of Ming and Qing Polychrome Wares from the Collection of the Tianminlou Foundation, Christie's Shanghai, April 23-25, 1994, Catalogue, no. 7.
An example decorated in only underglaze-copper red from the Baur Collection, Geneva, is illustrated in the Catalogue, vol. IV, no. 537; one in the Percival David Foundation, Catalogue, no. B706; one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, pl. 25, and by Liu Liang-yu in Ch'in Official and Popular Wares, p. 74. An example from the Stephen Junkunc III Collection sold in our New York Rooms, 21 September 1995, lot 229 and another sold in Hong Kong, 14 November 1989, lot 124.
Compare also the vase with related decoration from the Meiyintang Collection illustrated in the Catalogue, Volume Two, p. 11, col. pl. 737.