A FINE AND RARE SMALL COPPER-RED 'SANDUO' WATERPOT
QIANLONG SEAL MARK AND PERIOD
清乾隆 釉裏紅折枝三多紋水盂 《大清乾隆年製》款
the slightly tapering sides rising from a recessed base to rounded shoulders and an incurved rim, finely painted around the sides with flowering and fruiting branches of the sanduo ('Three Abundances'), all between a band of ruyi scrolls to the rim and a lappet border around the foot, the base with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue
Width 5.1 cm, 2 in.
The waterpot is in very good condition.
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This charming waterpot is unusual for its small size. Compare a closely related example included in the exhibition Zhongguo mingtao Riben xunhui zhan [Exhibition of famous Chinese ceramics touring Japan], Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, 1992, cat. no. 211.
Compare also a waterpot of similar dimensions and painted with the sanduo motifs in doucai enamels, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 2nd May 1995, lot 144; and another painted in underglaze blue, sold at Christie’s London, 15th May 2007, lot 279.