The theme of archaism is represented through several aspects on this vessel and ones like it. The glaze harks back to the pinnacle of Song Dynasty innovation and is a realistic attempt to recapture the spirit of the classic glaze with its bluish-gray tinge and light crackles. The form of the moonflask goes back to as far back as the Shang Dynasty and were found in bronze form as well as pottery.
See a related 'Ge' type moonflask molded on both sides with a central ying yang medallion encircled by the Eight Trigrams sold in our New York rooms 27th June 1981, lot 40. Another plain 'Ge' type moonflask with English mounts was sold in our London rooms 13th July, 2005, lot 207.
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