Lot 1659. A copper-red and celadon-decorated blue and white carved baluster vase, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle and of the period (1662-1722); 17 3/8 in. (44.2 cm.) high. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 70,000. Price Realized USD 146,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.
The well-potted body carved in relief with tree peony, chrysanthemum and asters growing from amidst a large rock formation, the details of the flowers picked out in red against the blue of the stems and leaves, the rockwork rendered in pale celadon and white slip.
Note: It is rare to find vases of this shape and decoration with Kangxi marks, as those bearing apocryphal marks are much more common. However, a related vase in the same palette, also with Kangxi six-character mark, was sold in these rooms, 21 September 2004, lot 280. Another example of Kangxi-marked wares with this decoration include a brush pot in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pp. 128-9, no. 87.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011