Lot 56. A pair of blue and white gin bottles and covers, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 10 ½ in. (26.8 cm.) high. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price realised USD 6,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
The square sides painted with riverscapes alternating with still-lifes of precious objects, rounded shoulders below cylindrical necks with flat covers.
Note: One of the earliest bespoke Chinese porcelain forms. The gin bottle was one of the earliest European forms made in Chinese porcelain; a circa 1600 Portuguese armorial example is in the British Museum and 17th century blue and white examples are known.