A closely related example is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, Geneva, 1999, vol. 1, pl. 101; one in the Tianjin City Art Museum is published in Zhongguo taoci quanji, vol. 13, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 110; another in the Dresden Porzellansammlung is included in E. Zimmerman, Chinesisches Porzellan, Leipzig, 1923, pl. 66; and a fourth example was sold at Christie's London, 11th July 1977, lot 118.
Compare a Wanli wall vase of this form, but decorated with a dense design of phoenixes amid peonies and rockwork on the lower bulb, from the Jingguantang collection, included in the exhibition Joined Colours. Decoration and Meaning in Chinese Porcelain, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., 1993, cat. no. 34, and sold in our London rooms, 12th July 2006, lot 68; one sold in these rooms, 10th April 2006, lot 1781; and another vase sold at Christie's New York, 9th November 1978, lot 130.
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