Lot 3489. A fine and very rare blue-glazed water pot, Yongzheng six-character mark within double circles and of the period (1723-1735); 6 cm. (2 3/8 in.) diamEstimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price Realized HKD 1,840,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013

The water pot is finely potted in a compressed globular shape standing on a countersunk base. The mouth rim is notched on one side to accommodate a spoon. The vessel is covered on the exterior with an even, brilliant cobalt blue thinning slightly towards the rims, and glazed white in the interior and base, boxwood stand, fitted box.

Note: Water pots of this size and shape are rare. A pair of almost identical examples formerly in the J.M. Hu Collection is illustrated in Zhandelou zhencang lidai mingci jingpu, vol. III, Hong Kong, 1950, pl. 134, p. 112. Two Kangxi examples of comparable size and shape, one in red glaze and the other in green, are illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pp. 19-20, nos. 16-17.

Christie'sImportant Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art (Including The Su Zhu An Collection of Inkstones)Hong Kong, 27 November 2013