Previously sold at Sotheby's New York, 7 December 1983, lot 373.
The poem may be translated:
How beautiful is the spring scene outdoors?
a rich gamut of colours, soft red alternating with bright green.
Pearly dew drops moistly settle on flower petals as,
fragrant scent of burning aloeswood seeps through beaded curtains.
Sunshine disburse upon the scattered blossoms,
a fragrance floats, aided by the breeze.
Flowers elegantly align the path whilst,
butterflies flutter drunkenly amongst them
A near identical flambe-glazed vase inscribed with the same poem is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 182. Compare also the Yongzheng-marked vase with closely related design, sold in our New York Rooms, 2 June 1994, lot 324, and now in the Wang Xing Lou Collection, illustrated in Imperial Perfection, The Palace Porcelain of Three Chinese Emperors, Hong Kong, 2004, pl. 39. Like the present lot, the design of the Wang Xing Lou vase is gilded onto a copper-red glazed body with the same unusual halo effect of pale blue around the gilt motif.