Meiping of this type vary in shape. For example, see a slightly larger meiping and cover with straight tapered sides, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, illustrated in G. St. G. M. Gompertz, Chinese Celadon Wares, London & Boston, 1980, pl. 92; another sold in these rooms, 22nd September 2005, lot 312; one with a more flattened shoulder, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Bernat, sold in these rooms, 7th November 1980, lot 152; one of similar size as the present vase, lacking a cover, from the collection of Mrs. Alfred Clark, sold in our London rooms, 25th March 1975, lot 48; another larger in size, sold in these rooms, 4th December 1984, lot 307; and a smaller meiping of baluster form sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 17th November 1975, lot 182.
Existing evidence suggests that meiping of this type continued to be made during the Yuan dynasty. See a slightly larger example without a cover, recovered from a ship sunk off the cost of Korea in the first half of the fourteenth century, exhibited in Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics Found off Sinan Coast, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 1977, cat. no. 41. Compare another example, attributed to the Yuan dynasty, in the Baur Collection, published in John Ayers, The Baur Collection Chinese Ceramics, vol. 1, Geneva, 1968, cat. no. A106; and a further one, attributed to Yuan-Ming dynasty, published in Bo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1965, cat. no. 151.
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