A similar Ru-type vase also with a Qianlong reign mark and of the period is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 873; three further examples were sold in these rooms, 29th November 1979, lot 290; 29th October 2001, lot 576; and 20th April 2006, lot 1624; and another was sold in our London rooms, 12th July 2006, lot 132.
Compare a larger Qianlong jar of this form but covered with a teadust glaze in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Monochrome Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 247.
For the prototype of this form see a Western Zhou bronze hu with similar banding but with loop handles, sold in our London rooms, 9th December 1975, lot 7; and another bronze hu with animal handles, excavated in Shandong province and illustrated in Wenwu, 1972, no. 5, pl. 6, fig. 2.
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