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Lot 36. A fine blue and white, copper-red and celadon-glazed vase, meiping, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 18.4cm (7 1/4in) high. Sold for £48,180 (Est: £20,000 - £30,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022

Of elegant baluster form rising from a broad shallow foot, waisted sides and a high rounded shoulder to a narrow mouth with an everted lip, decorated around the exterior in underglaze blue and red, and celadon, with two scholars on a rocky ledge beside a lake with a man in a fishing boat, three birds fly high above them, a small pavilion beside a bridge and the roof another visible in the hills, all amidst various trees

Provenance: Roger Keverne Ltd., London, 22 August 2008.

Published, Illustrated and Exhibited: Roger Keverne Ltd., Summer Exhibition, London, 2008, no.40.

NoteThis combination of form and decoration appears to be extremely rare. See a related blue and white meiping vase, Kangxi, with similar decoration, illustrated in Qing Shunzhi Kangxi chao qinghua ci, Beijing, 2005, pp.424-425, no.276.

The combination of underglaze blue and red and celadon decoration is an innovation of the Kangxi period and is more often found on brushpots. See a brushpot with related landscape in underglaze blue, copper-red and celadon glaze, Kangxi, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Small Refined Articles of the Study, Shanghai, 2009, p.88, no.58.

Compare with a similar blue and white and celadon and copper-red meiping vase, Kangxi, which was sold at Bonhams London, 5 November 2020, lot 46.

Bonhams. THE MARSH COLLECTION ART FOR THE LITERATI, 3 November 2022, London, New Bond Street