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Lot 204. famille-rose 'peony' waterpot, Republic period. Diameter 5¼ in., 13.4 cm. Estimate: 6,000 - 8,000 USDLot sold: 27,720 USD. © Sotheby's 2021

the compressed globular body rising from a narrow tapering foot to high rounded shoulders and an incurved rim, enameled on one side with peony branches in varying stages of bloom, centering a lush pink blossom with delicately shaded and frilled petals, set against broad pointed leaves in two shades of green, with insects flying nearby, the base with a Hongxian yuzhi mark in iron-red enamel.

Provenance: Collection of Kenneth R. Malcolm (1908-1984), coll. no. 180.

ExhibitedLoan Exhibition of the Ch’ing Dynasty, Oriental Ceramic Society and The Arts Council Gallery, London, 1964, cat. no. 245.

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