A peachbloom-glazed amphora, liuye zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722)

Lot 1230. A peachbloom-glazed amphora, liuye zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722), 6 ½ in. (16.6 cm.) high. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 360,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The elegant vase is covered in a glaze of crushed-strawberry-red color ending in a neat line where the biscuit body is exposed above the countersunk foot.

ProvenanceI. H. Vogel, Philadelphia.
Ralph M. Chait, New York, 1956. 

Property from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, New York.

NoteThe shape of this vase is sometimes described as Guanyin ping, referring to the shape of the vase held by many figures of Guanyin, and said to contain ambrosia or magic elixir. It is also known as liuye zun, 'willow-leaf vase', owing to its elegant form which resembles that of a willow leaf. It is one of the ba da ma or 'Eight Great Numbers', eight specific vessels covered in a peachbloom glaze. 

Similar Kangxi-market amphoras are in major institutions worldwide including the Palace Museum, Beijing; the Shanghai Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Palace Museum, Taipei; and the Baur Collection, Geneva. See, also, the example sold at Christie's New York, 15 September 2016, lot 918, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and formerly in the Mary Stillman Harkness (1874-1952) Collection.

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A peachbloom-glazed amphora, liuye zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722) from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and formerly in the Mary Stillman Harkness (1874-1952) Collection. Sold for USD 425,000 at Christie's New York, 15 September 2016, lot 918Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016

(Cf. my post A peachbloom-glazed amphora, liuye zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722)

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 14 - 15 September 2017, New York