Lot 1047. A fine iron-decorated porcelain moon flask, Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), 17th-18th century; 8 1/4in (21.1cm) high. Estimate US$ 40,000-50,000. Sold for US$ 50,075 (€ 42,689). Courtesy Bonhams
The vase set on a high oval foot and applied with cord runners on the sides, the circular sides decorated in underglaze iron with blossoming flowers, the vase covered in a clear glaze with a slight blue cast
With a Japanese wood tomobako storage box inscribed Korai henko hanaire (Korean flat-sided flower vase).
Note: For other iron decorated moon flasks, see G. St. G. M. Gompertz, Korean Pottery and Porcelain of the Yi Period, London, Faber and Faber, 1968, cat. no. 62; Kungnip Chungang Pangmulgwan, Choson Period ceramics in Lee Hong-Kun Collection, National Museum of Korea, 1982, cat. nos. 1029, 1030, and 1031; Shizuoka Prefecture Board of Education, eds., Richo no tojiten (Exhibition of Joseon-Dynasty Porcelain), exhibition catalog, Sano Art Museum, 1984, cat. no,. 73; Kankoku Bijutsu Nisen'nen (2000 Years of Korean Arts, An Exhibit), exhibition catalog, The National Museum of Korea, 1973, cat. no. 428
For a porcelain moon flask with similar cord runners on the sides, see Judith Smith, ed., Korean Ceramics from the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, exhibition catalog, The Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York, 2000.
Bonhams. Fine Japanese and Korean Art, New York, September 24, 2020.