A meiping of this design and massive size, without cover and with a Wanli reign mark inscribed around the shoulder, is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, from the Qing court collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, Shanghai, 2000, vol. 2, pl. 164.
The scenes depicted on this vase are in the Palace Museum publication described as Si ai tu [Illustration of the four predilections]: 'Xizhi loved ducks' refers to calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303-361); 'Tao Qian loved chrysanthemums' shows the poet Tao Yuanming (365-427); 'Haoran loved prunus' depicts the poet Meng Haoran (689 or 691-740); and 'Maoshu loved lotus' refers to philosopher Zhou Dunyi (1017-1073).
Another vase of this design, preserved in the Ardabil Shrine and now in the National Museum of Iran, Tehran, was included in the exhibition Shah 'Abbas. The Remaking of Iran, The British Museum, London, 2009, pl. 69, and is illustrated in Misugi Takatoshi, Chinese Porcelain Collections in the Near East: Topkapi and Ardebil, Hong Kong, 1981, vol. III, pls A.127-9; a third vase of this design with reduced neck in the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is published in Robert Schmidt, Chinesische Keramik von der Han-Zeit bis zum XIX. Jahrhundert, Frankfurt am Main, 1924, pl. 68; and a fourth from the Songde Tang collection was included in the exhibition The Fame of Flame. Imperial Wares of the Jiajing and Wanli Periods, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2009-2010, cat. no. 50.
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