A Small Ming-Style Blue And White Moonflask. Qianlong Seal Mark In Underglaze Blue And Of The Period (1736-1795). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
Each slightly convex side is molded with a peach-shaped panel that is painted in fifteenth century style with two bats in flight around fruiting peach branches, and is surrounded by flower scroll meander, while the narrow sides are decorated with lingzhi scroll interrupted by the bottom terminal of the arched ruyi scepter handles. There are further decorative bands on the neck and spreading rectangular foot. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) high - Estimate $40,000 - $60,000
Provenance: Private collection, United States, late 19th/early 20th century, and thence by descent within the family.
Notes: Similar Qianlong-marked vases are illustrated in The Exhibition of Chinese Ceramics of Eight Dynasties, National Museum of History, Taiwan, 1987, p. 65; by Yutaka Mino and J. Robinson,Beauty and Tranquility: The Eli Lilly Collection of Chinese Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1983, pl. 116; and in the Exhibition of Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Hong Kong, 1973, no. 66. See, also, the example sold in these rooms, 16 September 2010, lot 1430. An example with Jiaqing mark, in the Qing Court collection, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 36 - Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 162, no. 148.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part II , 13 - 14 September 2012 . New York, Rockefeller Plaza