16 November 1999
A FINE MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE MOONFLASK
qianlong seal mark and of the period (1736-1795)
The short cylindrical neck flanked by scroll handles, each side painted around a central boss in strong blue tones with a stylised flower-head surrounded by key-pattern and lappet bands within radiating larger petal panels containing the Eight Precious Objects, bajixiang within a key-pattern border, the flat sides painted with a narrow band of scrolling lotus, the neck and foot painted with a lingzhi-scroll and a key-pattern band around the rim, neck restored
19 in. (49.5 cm.) high
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The Tsui Museum of Art, Catalogue, vol.IV, Hong Kong, 1995, no.75 (QBQ008).
The handles have been broken from the body and restuck.
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