Chinese

Cachepot, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period mark (1662–1722), 19th century
Porcelain decorated with famille noire enamels; Kangxi blue-enamelled four-character mark (康熙御製) within a double square on base, probably apocryphal
23.63 x 17 x 17 in
SKU: 1021d
$11,000
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This large 19th century cachepot is a feast for the eyes and mind. It is decorated on the exterior with bursting flora and fauna in famille noire enamels: cherry trees wrap around the vessel, donning their springtime blooms as birds sing and dance. As one looks inside, they discover graceful goldfish floating against the white glaze, reflecting the use of a cachepot like this as a fishbowl. The cachepot is marked on the base with a Kangxi period mark. Though famille noire vessels like this were a product of this period, this example is likely from later in the Qing dynasty and made for the 19th century export market. Though the Kangxi period mark might confuse the present-day viewer about the date of the cachepot, the intent was not to mislead. Rather, "apocryphal" or "honorific" marks like this were meant to pay tribute and mark respect to bygone emperors and to periods of high-quality craftsmanship. Accompanied by a wood display stand 23.63 x 17 x 17 inches, overall 14 x 17 x 17 inches, cachepot 12.75 x 15.5 x 15.5 inches, wood stand Overall good condition; no chips; small x-shaped crack on interior, does not travel through to exterior; scattered accretions
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