19 March 2009
Property from a Private American Collection
A MING-STYLE BLUE AND WHITE MOON FLASK
QIANLONG SEAL MARK IN UNDERGLAZE BLUE AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
The flattened body molded on each side with a peach-form panel painted in fifteenth-century style with two bats in flight around a fruiting peach branch, surrounded by lotus meander above a narrow band of classic scroll on the flared, rectangular foot, with a band of lingzhi scroll on the narrow sides repeated below the everted rim, the lotus scroll and trefoil bands on the neck interrupted by the ruyi-form handles
9¾ in. (25 cm.) high
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 20-21 May 1987, lot 442.
Christie's, Hong Kong, 30 October 1995, lot 665. Christie's, Hong Kong, 2 November 1999, lot 603.
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