A large Chinese blue and white triple gourd vase, Kangxi


H.: 72 cm

The largest globular lowest bulb painted in bright cobalt blue with three roundels of chrysanthemum blossoms, alternating with heavy peony flowerheads, encircled by stylised dragons striding amidst the leafy meanders, surmounted by the central bulb similarly painted and all reserved on a blue ground, rising to the smallest bulb depicted with three cartouches of floral sprays beneath the waisted neck and flared rim.

Provenance: Eugene O. Perkins Collection
Sold at Christie's New York, 2 June 1989, lot 49
Ralph M. Chait Galleries Ltd., New York
Roy Davids Collection, no.56, acquired on 18 October 2011

See also:
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, obj. nr. AK-RBK-17516, for a related larger example, previously in the collection of August the Strong (link).
- Sotheby's, New York, 16/17 September 2014, Lot 186, for a related larger example with the top section missing. (link)

Condition: (UV checked)
- Two small areas of superficial crackling on the lower part of the middle bulb.
- Some superficial vertical glaze lines in the connecting section between the middle and bottom bulb.
- Two baking flaws with resulting glaze loss on the bottom bulb.
- Some baking-related discoloration on the bottom bulb.
- With a restored chip on the top rim with excessive associated overpainting over a length of app. 5 cm and a height of app. 2 cm.

Price incl. premium: € 35.700