A small iron-red-decorated blue and white moonflask, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795)

Lot 1669. A small iron-red-decorated blue and white moonflask, Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue and of the period (1736-1795); 9½ in. (24 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 43,750© Christie's Images Ltd 2011. 

The flattened rounded body raised on a rounded rectangular foot and painted in shaded iron-red on each side with two phoenixes confronted below a flaming pearl amidst underglaze blue composite foliate scroll bearing various iron-red flowers, the small neck flanked by a pair of elephant-head handles.

Note: Moonflasks with this decoration and Qianlong marks are quite rare. One of slightly smaller size (8 5/8 in. high), also with iron-red decoration, was sold in our Paris rooms, 22 November 2006, lot 326. A larger example (19¼ in. high) substituting pink enamel in place of the iron-red, from the Walter and Phyllis Shorenstein Collection, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 1 December 2010, lot 2968. 

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and Part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 24 March 2011