899
899

PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

A VERY RARE FAMILLE-VERTE 'DRAGON-CARP' MOONFLASK
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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899

PROPERTY OF AN ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

A VERY RARE FAMILLE-VERTE 'DRAGON-CARP' MOONFLASK
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A VERY RARE FAMILLE-VERTE 'DRAGON-CARP' MOONFLASK
QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
elegantly potted with a flattened spherical body rising to a waisted neck and a pear-shaped upper bulb, set with two strap handles each accentuated by a central raised ridge and a leaf-shaped terminal, the convex circular sides each painted with a carp leaping from the turbulent sea and a dragon springing forth from crashing waves, the upper bulb decorated with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems'
Height 10 1/4  in., 26 cm
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Provenance

John Sparks Ltd., London (by repute).
English Private Collection.

Catalogue Note

The distinctive shape of this vase is thought to have been inspired by Near or Middle Eastern metalware, while the ceramic form was first produced during Yongle and Xuande periods. The moonflask shape is highly unusual in the Kangxi period. 

The form is recorded in a line drawing in Geng Baochang, Mingqing ciqi jiangding [Appraisal of Ming and Qing Porcelain], Hong Kong, 1993, p. 189, no. fig. 336, no. 3. For a closely related piece, see Geng Baochang, ibid., p. 21, fig. 31. Compare a related example decorated with chrysanthemum in iron red, sold at Christie's New York, 30th October 2001, lot 801. Another example with two lugs below the handles, painted with deer motifs in underglaze blue, was sold in these rooms, 3rd December 1974, lot 458. 

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