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A peachbloom-glazed ‘beehive’ water pot, taibo zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722). Estimate £3,000 – £5,000 ($4,791 – $7,985). Price Realized  £8,125 ($12,984). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The domed body is incised to the exterior with three dragon roundels and is covered with a peachbloom glaze fired to a dark olive green tone, and thinning to light apple-green and red around the mouth and foot. 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam.

Provenance: Private Australian Collection, acquired prior to 1968.

Christie’s. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES PART I, 4 November 2014, London, South Kensington