A fine gilt-decorated iron-red beehive waterpot, taibozun, Shengdetang Zhi Mark, Qing Dynasty, Daoguang Period. Photo Sotheby’s
of classic domed ‘taibozun’ form, the rounded sides contracting to a narrow waisted neck below an everted rim, the exterior decorated in gilt with two five-clawed dragons writhing sinuously in pursuit of a ‘flaming pearl’ above crashing waves, all against a brilliant iron-red ground, the base inscribed with an iron-red four-character mark Shengdetang zhi (‘Made for the Hall of Prudent Virtue’). 11.8 cm., 4 5/8 in. Estimation 100,000 — 150,000 HKD
EXPOSITION: Hosokawa Morisada Collection ten II – Shinno jiki, Persia no touki [Morisada Hosokawa Collection exhibition II – Qing porcelains and Persian ceramics], Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, Kumamoto, 1993, cat. no. 41.
LITTERATURE: Sekai tōji zenshū / Collection of World’s Ceramics, vol. 12: Shinchou henfu Annan, Thai / Ch’ing Dynasty with a Supplement on Annamese Ceramics, Tokyo, 1956, p. 186, fig. 66.
Sekai tōji zenshū / Ceramic Art of the World, vol. 15: Shin / Qing, Tokyo, 1983, p. 254, figs. 202-203.
Morisada Hosokawa, Mokumei Goshiki: Shinchō jiki [Bewildering colours: Qing Dynasty porcelains], Tokyo, 1992, no. 64.
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