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This winepot is of cylindrical form with a central applied belt tied with a bow in the centre and two sinuous chilong forming the spout and handle, the flat disc-form cover with a further chilong forming the arched knop, covered in an even creamy-white glaze. There is an incised honorific Chenghua reign mark on the base. Initially, it appears to be of Dehua blanc de chine manufacture but on closer inspection the finely-crackled glaze reveals it to be an extremely rare “soft-paste” piece, probably from Jingdezhen. In some senses the term ‘soft-paste’ is a misnomer since it refers most frequently to a kind of early European “false” porcelain. Chinese soft-paste (huashi meaning ‘slippery stone’) was made with a variant of kaolin that produced a finer and softer surface than regular porcelain; it was much more expensive to produce and was very highly prized in the Kangxi reign. See discussions in Rose Kerr, Qing Ceramics, and Suzanne Valenstein, Handbook of Chinese Ceramics. See a very similar winepot sold by Sotheby’s in New York, 2007.
Size:Dia: 8.8 cm, Height: 13.8 cm. Condition: slight fritting to both handles, otherwise excellent.