Lot 118. A rare blue-glazed meiping, Kangxi mark and period (1662-1722); Height 6¾ in., 17 cm. Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD. (C) 2020 Sotheby's
the slender body sweeping to high rounded shoulders and a cylindrical neck with a subtly flared rim, the exterior glazed in a rich deep blue stopping neatly above the foot, the interior and lip glazed white, the countersunk base similarly glazed and with a six-character mark in underglaze blue within a double circle, wood stand (2).
Provenance: Sotheby's Hong Kong, 31st October 1995, lot 422.
Note: Porcelains glazed in deep blue such as the present were reserved for imperial ritual use at the Tiantan, Altar of Heaven. Hence, the term 'sacrificial blue' is sometimes used to describe this type of glaze. A similar meiping from the collection of K.S. Lo was included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition Monochrome Ceramics of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1977, cat. no. 38.
Sotheby's. Kangxi Porcelain - A Private Collection. Live Auction: 22 September 2020 • 3:00 PM CEST • New York