A Peachbloom-Glazed Beehive Water Pot, Taibai Zun. Kangxi Six-Character Mark in Underglaze Blue and Possibly of the Period. photo Christie's Ltd 2011

The domed body incised with three dragon roundels and covered with a glaze of greyish-red tone finely mottled in soft crushed-strawberry red in contrast to the white rim; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000 - Price Realized $86,500

Property from the Collection of Dorothy Tapper Goldman

Notes: Water pots of this form are known as taibai zun, after the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, who is often depicted leaning against a large wine jar of similar form. They are also known as qizhao zun because their shape resembles that of a chicken coop. Three similar Kangxi-marked peachbloom water pots of this type were sold in these rooms, 15 September 2009, lots 443, 450 and 453.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I & II,  15 - 16 September 2011. New York, Rockefeller Plaza. www.christies.com