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Subject:Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Daniel Wed, Dec 26, 2018 IP: 80.216.21.119

Appreciate all help I can get to identify this Chinese Moon Flask. Age, value, mark?
Thanks in advance!







Subject:Re: Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Daniel Thu, Dec 27, 2018

I believe it is the Qianlong mark on the base. However, I'm not sure it is authentic or a good copy. Would appreciate your opinions.

Subject:Re: Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Bill H Fri, Dec 28, 2018

I looked at such moon flasks in the liveauctioneers.com archives and found three examples with the same decoration and Qianlong mark that had sold in the post-2016 period. One showed a top bid upwards of $1000 and a second of more than $3000. I believe these figures could represent speculative bidding but still are nothing like what a authenticated genuine Qianlong moon flask would bring in a Sotheby's or Christies auction. Also, the wider than usual variances in linear tracery and the artificially dirtied foot on your flask can only bode for a probable late 20th century date, in my opinion. However, there may still be a few bidders out there who would pay four figures to find out whether they have a Qing treasure or not.

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Mark Sat, Dec 29, 2018

Hi Daniel,
Not an expert on porcelain but can advise you of what I believe is correct.
The mark is Qianlong, but s very much later copy, hence late 20th century.
The dirty colour on the base is wrong along with the colour of the white.
Not sure if the design is hand painted or a print.
These types of wares, if genuine sell for large sums and hence have been copied/mass produced.
Regards
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Subject:Re: Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Daniel Sat, Dec 29, 2018

Thanks Bill & Mark!

Happy new year;
Br,
Daniel

Subject:Re: Please help me identify this MOON flask (China)
Posted By: Bokaba Sat, Dec 29, 2018

These copied moon flasks are made by the thousands in China and exported around the world. Many low level auction houses sell these as genuine. The foot is clumsy and artificially browned and the white glaze is spotless.


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