Lot 339. A blue and white mallet vase, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Height 10 1/8 in., 25.7 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot sold 20,000 USD. © Sotheby's
the cylindrical body surmounted by a tall slender neck applied with a pair of leaping-carp-form handles, the molded sides with curving panels finely painted with alternating water plants, shells and crustacea set between floral lappet bands, the neck with further aquatic plants between narrow chevron bands, the base undecorated, coll. no. 1378.
The Jie Rui Tang Collection.
Provenance: The Minette Collection.
D. & M. Freedman, London, 2005.
Note: he inspiration for this form seems likely to be from the famous mallet-form vases of the Song dynasty. These forms were traditionally prized by Japanese connoisseurs and the present vase may have been intended to appeal to that market. A blue and white 18th century example of this form, in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco was in the exhibition Trade, Taste & Transformation, Jingdezhen Porcelain for Japan, China Institute Gallery, New York, 2006, cat. no. 19, where the form is described as being part of a group for use in an alcove or tokonoma of a teahouse and the author also notes that blue and white examples of this mallet form were known as 'Takasago' vases in reference to the male and female figures with which they were decorated. Another related vase from the Nezu Institute of Fine Arts, Tokyo, was included in the exhibition Encounters, The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2004, pl. 5.27.
Sotheby's. KANGXI: The Jie Rui Tang Collection, New York, 20 March 2018, 11:00 AM