Compare two closely related examples sold in our Hong Kong rooms, one from the collections of Dudley L. Pickman and General Charles G. Loring, 5th April 2017, lot 1113, the second, 4th April 2012, lot 3101; and another from the Robert Chang Collection, included in An Exhibition Important Chinese Ceramics from the Robert Chang Collection, Christie’s London, 1993, cat. no. 36.
Further waterpots of this type include one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 142, pl. 125; one in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, published in Wang Qingzheng, ed., Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1998, pl. 206; another from the Sir Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, London, published in Margaret Medley, Ming and Qing Monochrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1989, pl. 580; and a fourth example, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 8th October 1990, lot 467, and again in our Hong Kong rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 3612.
These waterpots are known as taibai zun after the Tang dynasty poet Li Taibai, who is often depicted leaning against a large wine jar of similar form, as seen in a porcelain sculpture which shows the poet seated with closed eyes and a cup in hand, published in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, op. cit., p. 106, pl. 89. They are also referred to as jizhao zun, because their shape resembles that of a chicken coop.
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