Lot 2959. A clair-de-lune glazed ‘hundred-rib’ jar, Kangxi period (1662- 1722); 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 350,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.
Sturdily potted with broad rounded shoulders beneath a lipped rim, the jar is moulded on the exterior with vertical narrow ribs, and covered overall with an even sky-blue glaze with the exception of the base, Japanese wood box.
Provenance: A Japanese private collection, acquired in the 1980s
Note: Clair-de-lune-glazed wares were highly prized in the Qing dynasty and the colour was strictly reserved for imperial porcelain. It was first developed in the Xuande period, yet it did not gain prominence until the Kangxi period and mostly seen on scholar’s objects. An almost identical clair-de-lune jar is in the Palace Museum collection, illustrated in Gutaoci ziliao xuancui (Selected Information Regarding the Beijing Palace Museum Ceramics), vol. 2, Beijing, 2005, p. 127, no. 105. Another similar example is illustrated in Studies of the Collections of the National Museum of China- Ceramics- Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2007, p. 48, no. 30. Two similar examples sold at auction, one at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 4 June 1985, lot 29; another at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5 April 2017, lot 1111.
An extremely rare 'clair-de-lune' glazed 'hundred rib' jar, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 26.5 cm, 10 3/8 in. Sold for 5,860,000 HKD at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 5 April 2017, lot 1111. Photo: Sotheby's
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 November 2018