Qing dynasty Intricately moulded in the form of a peach growing from a leafy branch with a small peach beside it, the hollow end of the branch forming the opening to the interior, each peach speckled with red slip, and the larger peach incised with a fourteen-character inscription. 13cm long.
Provenance 來源: King & Chasemore auctions, Midhurst, England, early 1980s
The inscription relates to the story of Xi Wangmu presented with a peach which will only come to fruition every three thousand years, so she offered it to the ultimate Daoist deity.
For an Yixing stoneware water container with carved double peaches from the Qing Court collection, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing, dated to the Qianlong reign, see Yixing Zisha Wares in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 2009, p. 213, pl. 122. See also a related vessel illustrated in Themes and Variations. The Zisha Pottery of Chen Mingyuan, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1997, p.104, pl.21.
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