Lot 383. A blue and white 'squirrel and grape' bowl, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722). Diameter 8 3/4 in., 22.2 cm. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD. Lot sold 43,750 USD. © Sotheby's
the deep rounded sides rising from a straight foot to an everted rim, the exterior finely painted in inky tones with a continuous broad frieze of numerous squirrels clambering among scrolling grape vines issuing curling leaves and clusters of fruit, the tiny furry animals peeking out from behind leaves and dashing along the branches, all between double lines at the rim and foot, the base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle, coll. no. 246.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: Roger Keverne, Ltd., London, 2001.
Note: A similar bowl in Palace Museum Collection, Beijing is illustrated in Chen Runmin, Qing Shunzhi Kangxi chao qinghua ci [Qing Dynasty Blue and White Porcelains of the Shunzhi and Kangxi Periods], Beijing, 2005, pl. 120. Another bowl of this pattern with a Kangxi reign mark from the Grandidier Collection in the Musée Guimet, Paris is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Greatest Collections, Tokyo, 1981, vol. 7, pl. 108.