the flask of compressed spherical form supported on stepped foot, the circular main section in three registers with an elaborate taotie mask in the centre, repeating on both sides, the top and bottom registers with beribboned archaistic motifs, the curved shoulders flanked by a pair of taotie mask ring handles in low-relief, all set between a waisted neck flanked by a pair of chilong dragons chasing each other, the matching cover with a finely incised oval finial, the stone of even white tone
Sotheby's New York, 18th September 2007, lot 191.
Jade carvers working in the Palace Workshops were skilled adaptors and the present moonflask is a fine example of their interpretation of ancient decoration and form to suit contemporary taste. The pure, translucency of this vessel is noteworthy, and the skilfully carved low-relief decoration accentuates the quality of the white stone.
For further examples of moonflasks imitating archaic bianhu in form and decoration, see one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, with curling handles and carved with blocks of chi dragons, included in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1997, cat. no. 23; and another decorated with intertwining archaistic dragons and phoenixes surround a central shou character and with elephant-head handles, sold in our New York rooms, 9-10th October 1987, lot 161, and again at Christie's New York, 30th March 2005, lot 134.
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