Guan-type tripod water pot, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

Lot 1343. A rare and unusual small Guan-type tripod water pot, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279); 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) highEstimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000Price realised USD 60,000© Christie's Image Ltd 2010. 

Of globular form with narrow, rounded mouth rim, covered all over in a crackled glaze of pale greyish-green tone stopping short of the bottom of the tapered feet to expose the buff grey ware. 

Provenance: Warren E. Cox.

ExhibitedSelections from the William and Winifred Corbin Collection of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, Portland Art Museum, 1 - 29 March 1964, no. 24.
On loan to the Portland Art Museum, 1 June 2006 - 22 June 2010.

Notes: Compare two similar waterpots of this unusual footed form, called Guanyao, and dated Southern Song: one with a short neck, illustrated by B. Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, p. 60, no. 134, and subsequently sold at Sotheby's, London, 14 May 2008, lot 307; the other from the collection of Mrs. Walter Sedgwick, also with a short neck, as well as a waterdropper, sold Sotheby's, London, 2 July 1968, lot 109.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 16 - 17 September 2010