Chinese imperial porcelain blue and white, underglaze copper-red and celadon vase of club form slightly tapering towards the foot painted on each facet with a mountainous river landscape with houses, viewing pavilions, pine, wuti and incised celadon rockwork; two panels with fishermen, one beneath the moon, each panel within underglaze-blue double lines, the flat shoulder with sprays of prunus, lotus, bamboo and daisy with tall branches of bamboo, repeated on the tall flared cylindrical neck.

21 1/8 inches, 53.7 cm high.

The unglazed base with recessed glazed centre containing a six-character mark of Kangxi and of the period, circa 1690.


11 edge chips, corner chip, 3 rim chips, nibbles and area of rim frits restored.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a private American collection.
  • Included by Marchant in their catalogue Recent Acquisitions, Qing Porcelain, 2011, no. 12, pp. 26-27.
  • A similar blue and white vase, painted with a night visit to the Red Cliff and inscribed with part of the poem, bearing a similar Kangxi mark and identical sprays of bamboo on the neck, is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, no. 31, pp. 42-43, where the author also illustrates a similarly painted gu-form vase, no. 89, p. 131; another, from the Wang Xin Lou Collection, is illustrated by Julian Thompson and Dr. Robert D. Jacobsen in Imperial Perfection, The Palace Porcelain of Three Chinese Emperors, no. 2, pp. 30-31.