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Lot 139. A peachbloom-glazed amphora vase, Mark and period of Kangxi (1662-1722). Height 6½ in., 16.5 cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USDLot sold: 40,320 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the slender tapered body with rounded shoulders rising to a tall neck and flared mouth, covered in a blush and cream-colored glaze mottled with swaths of rose-red, the glaze stopping above the foot, the interior applied with a similar pinkish red glaze, the deeply recessed base with a six-character mark in underglaze blue in two columns, wood stand.

Provenance: New York Private Collection, acquired prior to the mid-1990s, and thence by descent.

Note: Peachbloom vases of this form include a bottle in the Palace Museum, Beijing, published in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Ceramics, vol. 23, Beijing, 2013, pl. 37; a vase in the Shanghai Museum, illustrated in Liu Liang-yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 5, Taipei, p. 56 (top right), together with one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1991, p. 73 (right); and a further bottle in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, included in the Museum’s exhibition The Wonders of the Potter’s Palette, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1984, cat. no. 29.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021