Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 18 March 1991, lot 549.
Cf. a similar vase from the collection of Mrs Joshua, illustrated by Hobson, The Later Ceramic Wares of China, pl. LIX, fig. 2; and a slightly more ovoid-shaped vase with similar decoration in the Victoria and Albert Museum is illustrated by W.B. Honey, Guide to the Later Chinese Porcelain, London, 1927, pl. 62a.
A peculiar feature of this group of famille verte wares, reserved on a black enamel ground washed over with a translucent green glaze, is that the vases were unmarked, whereas saucer-dishes and bowls are invariably inscribed. See a dish of this palette in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, London, 1986, pl. 23; the pair of dishes from the Bernat Collection, in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1978, vol. 11, no. 263; and another included in the exhibition, Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1984, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 52.