A fine and rare blue and white Ming-style moonflask Seal mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 青花八吉祥紋雙耳扁壺 《大清乾隆年製》款
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A fine and rare blue and white Ming-style moonflask
Seal mark and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 青花八吉祥紋雙耳扁壺 《大清乾隆年製》款
the circular body rising from a splayed oval foot to a cylindrical neck flanked by a pair of S-scroll handles, finely painted in varying tones enhanced by simulated 'heaping and piling', each side centred on a large boss with a floral medallion comprising ruyi-shaped petals enclosed within a keyfret and lappet border, all encircled by radiating bold lotus petal panels containing the bajixiang, surrounded by a key-fret border, the flat sides with a narrow band of lingzhi scrolls repeated at the neck and foot, inscribed on the base with a six-character seal mark
The moonflask is in exceptionally good condition.
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Hugh Moss Ltd., London, 1972.
Christie's New York, 15th September 2011, lot 1547.