A Celadon-Glazed Ovoid Jar. Qianlong Seal Mark In Underglaze Blue And Of The Period (1736-1795). Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012

The high-shouldered ovoid body is relief-decorated with two crescent- shaped pseudo handles facing in opposing directions, and is covered overall with a glaze of sea-green color. 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high - Estimate $8,000 - $12,000

清乾隆 冬青釉月牙耳罐 六字篆書款

Notes: This ovoid jar is of a well-known form, occasionally referred to as a yueyaer guan ('jar with crescent moon handles'). Compare a very similar jar, with its original cover, illustrated by R. Krahl in Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. II, London, 1994, p. 211, no. 866. Another, with Qianlong mark, is illustrated in The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Urban Council, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1984, no. 79. 

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part II, 13 September 2012. New York, Rockefeller Plaza