Small octagonal vases were popular in the Song dynasty and were produced at kilns throughout China; see for example a Yue vase and cover in the Zhenjiang Museum, illustrated in Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics. Song, vol. 8, Shanghai, 1999, pl. 52; another sold in these rooms, 2nd/3rd June 2016, lot 601; and a Yaozhou example, carved with a leafy scroll on each facet, in the Meiyintang collection, illustrated op. cit., pl. 1489, together with a qingbai vase of this form, pl. 1590.
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