A fine carved celadon-glazed waterpot, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722)

Lot 2815. A fine carved celadon-glazed waterpot, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722); 3 in. (7.5 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 2,000,000 - HKD 3,000,000Price realised HKD 4,220,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2010 

The gently incurving sides finely carved to depict billowing clouds ofruyi-form rising from the base in trailing formations, covered both to the exterior and interior with a pale celadon glaze of lustrous tone, the countersunk base covered with a transparent glaze, box. 

ProvenancePreviously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 May 1981, lot 814
An Important Private Collection, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 17 May 1988, lot 65
The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Jinguangtang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 November 1996, lot 565
Greenwald Collection, no. 89 .  

LiteratureThe Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 124
The Tsui Museum of Art, Chinese Ceramics, vol. IV, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 2
Greenwald Collection, no. 89.  

Note: A number of these celadon-glazed waterpots in collections are known, the example in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by W.B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, Oxford, 1927; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, fig. 245; in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in The Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain, no. 58; in the Nanjing Museum, included in the exhibition, Qing Imperial Porcelain, Catalogue, no. 58; and from the collection of K.S. Lo included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition, An Anthology of Chinese Ceramics, Hong Kong, 1980, Catalogue no. 122 and 123. Another from the collection of Stephen Junkunc III, sold at Christie's New York, 21 September 1995, lot 238.

Celadon beehive-shaped waterpot, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722)

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Celadon beehive-shaped waterpot, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Porcelain, incised and glazed. Height: 7.3 cm. Given by Mr W.G. Gulland, 154-1905 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 

Compare also a pair of Yongzheng-marked doucai waterpots from this same Greenwald collection, offered as lot 2816.

Christie's. For Imperial Appreciation: Fine Chinese Ceramics from the Greenwald Collection, 1 December 2010, Hong Kong