A celadon, underglaze blue and copper-red vase
Kangxi period (1662-1722)
The vase is of slender baluster form and decorated in low relief with an immortal seated under a pine tree beside growing lingzhi. An approaching attendant is carrying a basket filled with peaches, beside a deer with its head turned backwards, all below a moon, clouds and two cranes, one in flight and one perched on the tree. Several details including the tree trunk and the moon, are picked out in copper-red. The entire scene is reserves against a pale celadon ground. The interior and recessed base are glazed white.
42 cm high
Christie’s South Kensington, 22 July 1999, lot 273
Formerly in a Belgian private collection
A closely related vase of the same shape is illustrated in The Wonders of the Potters Palette, Qing Ceramics from the Collection of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1984, colour pl. 27.
A vase with a very similar subject, but of yanyan-form was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 27 April 2003, and another one is in The Palace Museum and illustrated in Compendium Collection in The Palace Museum, Volume 22, no. 188, pp. 270-271.