Lot 812. A superb peachbloom-glazed water pot, taibai zun, Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1662-1722); 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.
The domed body incised with three dragon roundels and covered with a glaze of rich crushed strawberry-red tone in contrast to the white rim.
Provenance: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1990.
Note: Water pots of this form are known as taibai zun, after the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai, who is often depicted leaning against a large wine jar of similar form. They are also known as jizhao zun because their shape resembles chicken coops that are woven with small openings at the top through which the chicks are fed.
A peachbloom water pot, also with very richly-colored raspberry-toned glaze, formerly in the collections of Emily Trevor and John B. Trevor, Jr., was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 May 2014, lot 3301. Another from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art was sold at Christie's New York, 15 September 2016, lot 915.
Christie's. Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection Part I, New York, 24 September 2020