The moonflask was a popular form for Qing imperial porcelain, particularly during the Yongzheng and Qianlong reigns. Blue and white moonflasks of the Qing dynasty were based on Ming prototypes which originally took their form from Middle-Eastern glass wares. However, it apears to be rare to find a large moonflask of quatrefoil form painted in the Ming style such as the present example.
A blue and white moon flask of identical form and design, preserving the original Yongzheng mark, is in the Cleveland Museum of Art Museum, formerly in the Severance and Greta Millikin Collection (acquisition no. 1964.226).
A Yongzheng-marked yellow-ground blue and white moonflask of identical form and decoration to the current lot, is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987. pl.948; and was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 November 2011, lot 2944. A related blue and white example of this quartrefoil form, with Yongzheng seal mark and of the period, decorated with bird and flowers was sold at Christie's London, 6 November 1995, lot 85.