The very similar Dutch Delft example, also formerly in the Mottahedeh Collection, will be offered as part of the Dr Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection, at Christie's, Amsterdam, on 16 April 2001 as Lot 1290.
These flasks were probably intended for spirits, and would have been filled at the top through the head, the hat forming the spout as an alternative pouring method to the tap. The Chinese version copies faience and delftware versions, which were popular in Europe in the middle of the 18th Century. Examples were produced in Delft, Brussels and Rouen. A similar famille rose flask, originally in the Ionides Collection, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by M. Jourdain and R. Soame Jenyns, Chinese Export Art, London, 1967, fig.73; and another formerly in the Maillié Collection is illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, p.189, cat.172. Compare also the Japanese Imari model, included in this sale as the following lot.