Previously sold in London, 11 December 1990, lot 327.
The painting on similar moonflasks is often blurred and of paler blue. The present example is exceptional in its definition and strength of tone.
Compare the examples illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 15, no. 151; in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, pl. 15; in the Idemitsu Museum, 15th Anniversary Catalogue, 1981, no. 964; in Beurdeley, La Ceramique Chinoise, no. 138; in the Ohlmer Collection, Catalogue, no. 58, in the Roemer Museum, Hildesheim; in Beurdeley and Raindre, Qing Porcelain, pl. 154, from the E. T. Chow Collection; and in Osgood, Blue and White Chinese Porcelain, pl. 48.
Other examples were sold in our New York Rooms, 2 June 1989, lot 81 from the Eugene O. Perkins Collection of Qing Porcelain; in these Rooms, 26 September 1989, lot 662; and 31 March 1992, lot 605; and in our London Rooms, 11 December 1989, lot 242; 7 December 1992, lot 53; 7 June 1993, lot 84; and 6 December 1993, lot 118.