A RARE COPPER-RED GLAZED MEIPING MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI | 清康熙 紅釉梅瓶 《大清康熙年製》款
A RARE COPPER-RED GLAZED MEIPING
MARK AND PERIOD OF KANGXI
清康熙 紅釉梅瓶 《大清康熙年製》款
with a tapering body rising up to high shoulders below a short waisted neck and slightly flared rim, covered overall in an even red glaze thinning at the mouth and pooling to a slightly deeper tone at the foot, the white base inscribed in underglaze blue with a six-character mark within a double circle
28.6 cm, 11¼ in.
There is a 1cm chip to the mouth rim and other smaller chips, which have been carefully restored, one with associated hairline cracks. There is another hairline running from the foot to the shoulder and overall glaze crackles/bodylines throughout the body. Images of the mouth pre-restoration are available upon request. There is some scratching to the exterior, and other general surface wear.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The Estate of a Connecticut artist, purchased in the 1920s. This artist was a member of prestigious Old Lyme Art Colony.
康涅狄格州藝術家舊藏，購藏於1920年間。此藝術家為 Old Lyme Art Colony 會員。
The use of copper-red glaze at Jingdezhen was revived by the Kangxi Emperor after a decline in usage during the late 15th century. With the effort to reproduce classic Ming jihong ('sacrificial red') porcelains, Qing copper-red pieces quickly outnumbered their Ming counterparts. Nigel Wood in Chinese Glazes, London, 1999, p. 180, notes how the French Jesuit missionary, Pere François D’Entrecolles (1664-1741), wrote letters giving detailed accounts of the copper-red production at Jingdezhen, the sourcing of the copper for the glaze, the recipes and the kiln location of the firing of these wares. D’Entrecolles was aware of the difficulties involved in the making of copper-red wares and his account confirms the high level of technical knowledge of the potters at Jingdezhen.
It is rare to find a copper-red meiping with a Kangxi reign mark. A relatable example (28 cm), formerly in the collection of George Salting (1835-1909), is now preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, museum no. C.362-1910, and a smaller example (19 cm) was sold in these rooms, 20th May 1987. See also a miniature version (8.3 cm) sold at Christie's South Kensington, 16th May 2014, lot 1331.