While flasks of this type are numerous, the present piece is particularly unusual for its size, the form of its handles and the raised rib on the neck; similar examples include one sold in our London rooms, 13th May 1969, lot 137; another from the Manno Art Museum, sold at Christie’s London, 21st June 2001, lot 106; and a third sold at Christie’s New York, 16th September 2011, lot 1547. Compare also larger flasks of related form and design, such as one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Ch’ing Dynasty Porcelain in the National Palace Museum, vol. II, Tokyo, 1981, pl. 5; two published in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pls 949 and 950, the latter lacking the Qianlong reign mark; and another in the Nanjing Museum, Nanjing, illustrated in Zhongguo lidai Jingdezhen ciqi: Qing juan [Chinese ceramics from Jingdezhen through the ages: Qing dynasty], Beijing, 1998, p. 169.
For the prototype of this motif, see a blue and white basin attributed to the Yongle reign, in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, illustrated in He Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, New York, 1996, pl. 398.
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