Lot 2556. A Ru-type peach-shaped brushwasher, xi, Yongzheng period (1723-1735); 6 in. (15.2 cm) across. Estimate HKD 180,000 - HKD 250,000. Price realised HKD 187,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008.
The naturalistically modelled shallow peach-shaped vessel with the stalk, leaves and one small peach forming a handle at one side, covered overall with a thick, opaque grayish-green glaze thinning around the edges of the pointed leaves and gnarled stem to reveal the dark body underneath, the base with ten spur marks encircling an unglazed circular disc.
Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 1999, lot 596.
Note: Compare a similar Yongzheng brushwasher in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Ancient Chinese Ceramic Gallery, Shanghai, 1996, pl. 87; another shallower example from the Carl Kemp Collection in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha, Vol. 9, black and white illustration no. 275. A larger example is illustrated in Qing Porcelain of Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong from the Palace Museum Collection, 1989, p. 447, pl. 129.