Meiping vases of this design are extremely rare. For a related but slightly smaller example, compare one with more angular shoulders and painted with dragons striding among lingzhi scrolls, sold three times at auction, first in our London rooms, 2nd/3rd December 1974, lot 532, again in these rooms, 29th November 1977, lot 196, and the third time at Christie’s New York, 19th September 2007, lot 404. A further example, larger and unmarked, was sold at Christie's Tokyo, 15th February 1981, lot 313.
See two underglaze-red 'fruit' meiping of this slender shape with smooth shoulders: the first vase from a Japanese collection and included in Illustrated Catalogue of Tokyo National Museum. Chinese Ceramics II, Tokyo, 1990, pl. 570; and the second one formerly in the collection of Sir Harry Garner, smaller in size and dated to the Qianlong period, sold in these rooms, 23rd May 1978, lot 107.
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