Similar ewers have been recorded, one included in the Inaugural Exhibition, Selected Masterpieces of the Matsuoka Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1975, no. 104; one sold in our Singapore Rooms, The Yangzhitang Collection, 30 March 1997, lot 202; and another sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 31st October 2000, lot 2053.
It is likely that these later Daoguang-period ewers were copied from the Qianlong version, which in turn was produced as a revival of the early Ming originals. For the Ming prototype of this exact design, see J. Ayers and R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, 1986, vol. II, no. 618. For the Qianlong version, examples may be found in the Tsui Museum of Art, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics IV, Qing Dynasty, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 78; the S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, illustrated in the Chinese Porcelain. S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, vol. I, Hong Kong, 1987, col. pl. 59, and included in the exhibition catalogue The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Hong Kong, 1984, Catalogue no. 64.