The dating of larger famille noire pieces is renowned to be problematic due to the fashion during the last decades of the 19th Century for famille noire vases; thesse were either ordered from China, or alternatively a 'black' ground was added to a Kangxi famille verte example. See C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London, 1997, no. 220, p. 194, where the author illustrates a pair of tall square vases, originally from Burghley House, sold in these Rooms, 7 and 8 June 1888, lot 188, which were clearly mentioned on the 1854 inventory of the contents at Burghley House. This means they are documented before the fashion for famille noire.
The design and fine quality of painting on this vase is very similar to that found on larger famille noire vases (55 - 75 cm. high) which are dated to the Kangxi period. An example of this larger vase is the one in the Franks Collection at the British Museum, illustrated by Gorer and Blacker, Chinese Porcelain and Hardstones, vol. I, London, 1911, pl. 14; and another two lent by Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935-1936, Royal Academy of Arts, London, catalogue nos. 1704 and 1706. A related vase of similar size to the present lot, but with a band of foliate scroll at the base of the neck, was sold as part of the Jingguantang Collection, part II, in our New York Rooms 20 March 1997, lot 92.