The companion piece to the present lot, also from the Diana D. Ashcroft collection, was sold in these rooms, 2nd May 2000, lot 609. Celadon-glazed waterpots of this type with Kangxi marks and of the period are also held in important museums and private collections worldwide; a closely related example in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong. Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 147, pl. 130; another in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is published in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum. K'ang-hsi Ware and Yung-cheng Ware, Tokyo, 1980, pl. 58; one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is illustrated in W.B. Honey, Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, pl. 7a, from the Gulland Bequest; and a fourth example from the Sir Percival David Collection, now in the British Museum, London, is published in Margaret Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Qing Monochrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1989, pl. 583. Further examples were sold at auction; one sold in these rooms, 24th November 1987, lot 111; and a second sold in our New York rooms, 9th December 1987, lot 284; and a third from the collections of Jack Chia and T.T. Tsui, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd November 1996, lot 565 and illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art. Chinese Ceramics IV. Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 2.
Waterpots of this form are also known covered overall in a white glaze, such as the waterpot in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in The Complete Works of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 14, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 127; and another sold in these rooms, 19th November 1986, lot 246. This elegant design of billowing clouds was also adapted for the doucai palette under the Yongzheng Emperor; for example, see a pair of waterpots illustrated in The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1991, pl. 112.
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