Lot 530. A copper-red and blue and white peach-shaped waterdropper, Joseon dynasty, 19th centuryHeight 4 1/8  in., 10.5 cmEstimate 10,000 — 15,000 USD. Lot Sold 12,500 USD. © Sotheby's.

modeled as an auspicious peach resting on top of its wide stem forming a foot ring, the two incised leaves on both sides of the fruit in underglaze blue and the stem, tip and florets in underglaze copper red, two Japanese wood boxes (5).

Note: Naturalistically modeled and successfully fired with both underglaze blue and copper red, water droppers such as this example represent porcelain wares made for the scholar’s desk that demonstrate both utilitarian design with a sense of frivolity. Korean water droppers often undertook many imaginative forms and included auspicious emblems of Chinese origin, such as the peach which symbolizes longevity. Compare similar examples in the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, illustrated in The World’s Ceramics, Oriental Ceramics, vol. 2. Tokyo, 1982, pl. 309; and one in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, acc.no. 1993.185.3   

Sotheby's. A Noble Pursuit: Important Chinese and Korean Art from a Japanese Private Collection, New York, 11 Sep 2019