A Daoguang celadon-glazed jar of this design was included in the exhibition Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1992, cat.no. 213; and another, without the cover, from the Weishaupt collection is illustrated in Gunhild Avitabile, From the Dragon's Treasure, London, 1987, pl. 67. Avitabile ibid., p. 56, notes that the decoration in relief is a jade symbol 'which is found in neolithic tombs of the 4th to 3rd century B.C.. From the 4th centuries B.C. it appears again in burial rites.' She further comments that 'the connection beween the jade huang and the completely jade-coloured glaze of the vase is supposed to underline its value. In quality it is not in the least inferior to the 18th century forms'.
Compare also a jar of this shape and glaze, from the collection of Edward T. Chow, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30th April 1996, lot 404; and two jars with matching covers sold in our New York rooms, 24th October 1980, lot 250A, and 6th December 1989, lot 180.
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