Lot 3013. A fine carved celadon ‘cloud’ waterpot, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722), 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) high, box. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000 (USD 103,192 - USD 154,788) © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.
The gently incurving sides are finely carved to depict billowing clouds ofruyi form rising in columns and trailing wispy tips beside similar detached clouds, covered overall with a pale even celadon glaze of lustrous tone, the countersunk base with a transparent glaze.
Provenance: The Estate of Diana D. Ashcroft Collection
Sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 2 May 2000, lot 609
Note: A number of these celadon-glazed waterpots are in public and private collections, including one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by W. B. Honey, Later Chinese Porcelain, pl. 7a; in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 147, pl. 130; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, pl. 245; in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in The Illustrated Catalogue of Ch’ing Dynasty Porcelain, no. 58; in the Percival David Foundation exhibition, Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration, London, 1992, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 118; and in the Nanjing Museum, included in the exhibition of Imperial Porcelain from the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 9. Two waterpots from the collection of K. S. Lo were included in the Min Chiu Society Exhibition, An Anthology of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong, 1980, illustrated in the Catalogue, nos. 122 and 123; and another from The Jingguantang and the Greenwald Collections, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2815.
A fine carved celadon waterpot, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722), from The Jingguantang and the Greenwald Collections. Price realised HKD 4,220,000 (USD 545,647) at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2815. © Christie’s Images Limited 2010.
Christie's. The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall, Hong Kong