Sotheby's Australia

Two 'famille-rose' kendi Qing dynasty, 18th century


Estimate $1,500 – $2,500


one decorated with floral scrolls on a blue ground between formal borders; the other with vertical panels of flower sprays on alternating colour grounds, the necks with upright stiff leaves

21 cm high; 22 cm high

  • Lot Sold $3,200 (Hammer Price)
  • $3,904 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

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Catalogue Notes

Similar kendi from the National Museum, Singapore, are illustrated on the cover of Arts of Asia May-June 1987

Condition Report

The first kendi - the spout mounted in silver, some general surface wear, a chip to the interior edge of the footrim and a small hairline crack across the footrim.
Second kendi - some slight surface wear, firing crack on the base. Otherwise generally good condition.

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Alison Alford


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Australian & International Art
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Consultant, Asian Art

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Australian & International Art
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