A rare pale celadon-glazed water flask, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722). Estimate HK$1,200,000 – HK$1,800,000 ($155,405 – $233,107). Price Realized HK$2,080,000 ($269,477). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014
The vessel is covered inside and out with a pale bluish-green glaze thinning to white on the mouth rim. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) high
Provenance: Sold at Christie’s New York, 4 June 1992, lot 337
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
Notes: The shape of this vessel is very rare with very few related published examples. A Yongzheng-marked jar of very similar form but of larger size (19 cm. high) and covered with a ge-type glaze is in the Nanjing Museum, where it was catalogued as a ‘brocade zun‘ since it is moulded with knots on the neck simulating a brocade wrapping. See The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, p. 193.
CHRISTIE’S. IMPORTANT CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall