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A blue and white ‘Peach’ moonflask, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. Estimate 150,000200,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby’s

the flattened circular body rising from a short spreading foot to a tall trumpet neck flanked by a pair of ruyi handles, moulded in low relief to the front and back face with a peach-shaped panel painted in rich cobalt-blue tones with bats amongst fruiting peach sprays, reserved on a leafy floral scroll ground and similarly decorated to the sides and neck, the foot with a ‘classic’ scroll, the base inscribed with a six-character Qianlong seal mark – 25 cm., 9 7/8  in.

PROVENANCE: Acquired in Hong Kong, 20th June 1984.

Note: Although closely related to mark and period examples, the glaze drops visible on the interior of the vase and the writing of the mark prevent the vase from being safely ascribed to the Qianlong reign. For mark and period examples, see a moonflask sold in our Paris rooms, 18th December 2009, lot 263, and another sold in our London rooms, 9th November 2011, lot 201.


Sotheby’s, Chinese Art, Hong Kong | 24 Nov 2014, 02:30 PM