This elegant type of cupstand, which first appeared in the Yongzheng reign, gained popularity in the Qianlong period. The Nanjing Museum has a comparable example of Qianlong mark and period, as well as a blue and white example of the Yongzheng reign, both illustrated in Xu Huping, ed., Zhongguo Qingdai guanyao ciqi/ The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Shanghai, 2003, pp. 139 and 219. Another Qianlong underglaze-red and blue cupstand in the Tokyo National Museum, from the collection of Dr Yokogawa Tamisuke, is illustrated in Tōkyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan zuhan mokuroku: Chūgoku tōji hen/ Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Chinese Ceramics, Tokyo, 1988-1990, vol. II, no. 566. For a rare Yongzheng prototype with underglaze-red and blue decoration, see one formerly in the collection of Dr Carl Kempe and later in the Meiyintang collection, sold in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 47.