3429
3429
A RARE CANTON ENAMEL 'LYCHEE' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
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3429
A RARE CANTON ENAMEL 'LYCHEE' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
150,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
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Details & Cataloguing

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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A RARE CANTON ENAMEL 'LYCHEE' WATERPOT
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
naturalistically cast in the form of a hollowed lychee fruit with dimpled skin, the exterior brightly enamelled in pink and light beige with dabs of deeper pink and black mottling simulating the original texture of the fruit, borne on a gilt gnarled leafy stem issuing two smaller attendant fruits and veined leaves in blue and green enamels, the interior enamelled in sky blue
9.8 cm, 3 7/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

Canton enamel fruit-form vessels of this quality are rare. The quality of the current waterpot, especially the skilfully cast leafy stem comprising the handle, is high. For other vessels of this quality at auction, see a Canton enamel peach-form teapot sold in these rooms, 8th April 2013, lot 3037. 

Compare also a waterpot with a four-character Yongzheng reign mark in black enamel on the base and attributed to the Beijing palace workshops, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 194, and included in the exhibition, China. The Three Emperors 1662-1795, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. no. 295.

Gems of Chinese Art – The Speelman Collection II

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Hong Kong