While ivory vases of this type are unusual, porcelain versions are better known. See for example a Qianlong mark and period vase decorated in the famille rose with boys climbing over the vessel, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Porcelains with Cloisonné Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 140; another, also in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in the exhibition China. The Three Emperors 1662-1795, The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006, cat. no. 301; and a third vase, also decorated with flower roundels over a turquoise ground, from the collection of Marcus D. Ezekiel, illustrated in R.L. Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, London, 1925, pl. LX, fig. 2, and sold at Christie’s London, 12th December 1977, lot 211, and again in these rooms, 29th November 1978, lot 318.
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