CATALOGUE NUMBER 1473
BLUE & WHITE WATER-CHESTNUT-FORM BOTTLE VASE
KANGXI PERIOD (1661-1722) WITH
Height: 17 ⅛ inches
Sotheby's New York, September 21-22, 2005, lot 87
Dated 1691, the compressed globular body set with a tall cylindrical neck with a slightly flared mouth, finely painted in several different styles, one cartouche on the body painted in exquisite detail depicting three of the four noble professions- the wood cutter, fisherman, and scholar- all working along the riverbank near a craggy pine tree, the
reverse boldly painted within a cartouche with Chang E bestowing a sprig of osmanthus on a scholar on the balcony of her palace, below a pair of animated chilongs around the base of the neck, the top portion of the neck painted in a calligraphic manner with five magpies flying
above the Three Friends of Winter- the pine, prunus, and bamboo, inscribed with a dated inscription along the neck and body, the base with an apocryphal Xuande mark.