Antique Chinese Beehive Porcelain Water Pot With Peach Bloom Glaze, Kangxi Mark
Rounded sides raised to a short, waisted neck and slightly flaring mouth whilst the rim, interior and base are covered in a transparent glaze.
Kangxi concentric circle mark in underglaze blue to underside.
A lovely piece for a single flower!
We estimate the age to be late 19th/early 20th. Century. It could well be much older.
Condition is excellent. Fused firing flaw to top rim as shown.
Listed by East2West Furniture.
3 3/4" high x 5" diameter.
Water pots of this form are known as Taibai zun, after the Tang dynasty poet Li Bai (also named Li Taibai, 701-762) who is often depicted leaning against a large wine vat of this shape.
Similar peachbloom-glazed water pots are found in various museums and collections worldwide, including the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, illustrated in Earth, Fire and Water: Chinese Ceramic Technology, London, 1996, no. 24, p. 34; the Baur Collection, Catalogue, vol. III, Geneva, 1999, nos. A305, A310 and A313-A316; a full set of the eight vessels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by S.G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, p. 237; the British Museum, Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, vol. 5, Tokyo, 1981, no. 230.