Canton enamel fruit-form vessels of this quality are rare. The quality of the current waterpot, especially the skilfully cast leafy stem comprising the handle, is high. For other vessels of this quality at auction, see a Canton enamel peach-form teapot sold in these rooms, 8th April 2013, lot 3037.
Compare also a waterpot with a four-character Yongzheng reign mark in black enamel on the base and attributed to the Beijing palace workshops, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Metal-bodied Enamel Ware, Hong Kong, 2002, pl. 194, and included in the exhibition, China. The Three Emperors 1662-1795, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2005, cat. no. 295.