Lot 1906. A fine and rare white-glazed beehive water pot, Kangxi six-character mark and of the period (1662-1722); 5 in. (12.5 cm.) diam. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,500,000. Price Realized HKD 2,430,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013
The water pot is well potted with rounded sides rising to a short flaring rim, moulded with three archaistic dragon roundels on the body. The body is covered with a translucent white glaze stopping neatly around the base.
Note: A number of identical water pots are published. One from the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 122, pl. 111. Another is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics: The Koger Collection, p. 167, pl. 139, where the glaze is described as 'moon-white' and the medallions are of 'a dragon biting another creature, and a bat'. Two other water pots are recorded, one in the Chinese University of Hong Kong Museum, illustrated in their 1995 exhibition Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, Catalogue, no. 3; the other in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, illustrated in The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, 1985, pl. 28.
Water pots of this beehive-shape are more commonly found with peachbloom glazes and it is rare to find a white-glazed example. It is also unusual to find the design of the roundels moulded in relief instead of incised as on peachbloom vessels, see Lot 1904 offered in the present collection.
Another example from the collection of Mrs. Yale Kneeland was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 1999, lot 507.
Christie's. In Pursuit of Refinement - A Legacy of the YC Chen Collection, Hong Kong, 29 May 2013