Lot 860. A rare underglaze-blue, copper-red and celadon-decorated bowl, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.) diam. Estimate: USD 7,000 - USD 10,000. Price realised USD 18,750. © Christie's 2021
The hexagonal, lobed bowl is decorated on the exterior with three landscape scenes, each accompanied by a calligraphic inscription describing the scene. The center of the interior is decorated with a pavilion admist mountains.
Provenance: Private collection, Japan.
Literature: Kaikodo Journal, New York, Spring 2016, no. 24.
Exhibited: New York, Kaikodo, 2016.
Note: The combination of celadon green with underglaze cobalt blue and underglaze copper red is relatively rare, no doubt because it was so difficult to fire successfully. With the coming of the Kangxi reign came renewed imperial interest in porcelain and a demand for high quality and variety. In the early years of the reign the potters revived the combination of underglaze blue and underglaze copper red on single pieces, and with the re-establishment of the imperial kiln complex court demand for innovation resulted in molded and carved surface decoration and the use of areas of celadon green being added to this already challenging palette.
A dish dating to the Kangxi period similarly decorated in this palette with a mountainous landscape, from the collection of Julia and John Curtis, was sold at Christie’s New York, 16 March 2015, lot 3577.
Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 23-24 september 2021