1700s / early 1800s
This piece is in one of the eight prescribed peach bloom shapes that were designed for the scholar’s table. The base is marked with a properly written six character Kangxi mark in underglaze blue. This pot is well-potted in conformance with the shape of these vessels, rising from a slightly demarked foot visible on the outside as a light trimming line. The walls bulge outward and turn in at the shoulder which rounds to a depressed mouth opening. The glaze is largely of a mottled mushroom tone with areas of oxblood streaking. Small splashes of light green and dots of darker brilliant green break through the mushroom toned glaze in several areas. The base and outside are glazed in a clear glaze of pale greenish-blue tint. The base is slightly recessed and the delicately trimmed foot is unglazed exposing the smooth white porcelain body. The mark is written in a clear rich blue cobalt. Though this piece has no chips or repairs, there are two hairline cracks that extend across the top and down opposing sides. The cracks are not discolored, are not noticeable on the interior and not readily noticeable on the exterior unless the locations are known. There are a few tiny pin pricks in the clear glaze on the base, typical of those seen on eighteenth century porcelains. The presence of the crack is reflected in the pricing.
Height: 2 ¼ in.; Diameter: 3 3/8 in.