During 18th century, the celadon porcelain was particularly prized by Western important collectors who admired the infinite refinement of this colour, up to a pale green, silvered, almost transparent shade, and unseen in Europe hitherto. The rare craquelure celadon or porcelaine truitée delighted the amateurs and motivated the marchands-merciers to continually create new artefacts to ornate these Chinese porcelains with lavish gilt-bronze mounts.
At the beginning, most of them were small-scale pieces. It is only during the second half of 18th century that some vases of greater size were adorned, first in the Greek revival taste at the end of Louis XV's reign, then in a more balanced style under Louis XVI. Let's mention similar handles on a pair of important celadon Gu vases from the former vicomtesse de Courval collection (Sotheby's Paris, 25 March 2014, lot 108), whereas we can notice the same delicate craquelures on the celadon of another pair of vases from the ducs de Mortemart at the château du Réveillon (Sotheby's Paris, 11 February 2015, lot 129).