Lot 1091. A massive blue and white jardinière, Kangxi period (1662-1722), with cyclical date corresponding to 1717; 23 in. (58.4 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 50,000 - USD 80,000. Price realised USD 262,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2019.
The deep, bell-shaped body is decorated on one side with a scene of two scholars playing weiqi in a canopied boat with attendants at the stern, drifting down a tranquil river in a mountainous landscape. The reverse is inscribed with the Chi Bi Fu (Ode to the Red Cliff) followed by a cyclical date, dingyou, corresponding to 1717, all below a narrow diaper band at the rim. The base is unglazed.
Provenance: Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 9 June 1965.
Note: The present jardiniere illustrates a scene and the text from the famous Ode to the Red Cliff, composed by the celebrated Northern Song poet, Su Shi (1037-1096), to commemorate his trips to the historical battlefield of the Red Cliff during his political exile.
A Kangxi-period blue and white brush pot decorated with a similar scene on one side and inscribed on the reverse with an excerpt from the Latter Ode to the Red Cliff, was sold at Christie’s London, 6 November 2018, lot 196. See, also, the large blue and white ‘phoenix-tail’ dated by inscription to 1713 which is decorated with a very similar scene on one side and inscribed on the reverse with the Latter Ode to the Red Cliff, sold at Christie’s New York, 19 September 2006, lot 284.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 13 September 2019