Previously sold at Sotheby's New York, 15 June 1983, lot 316.
Near identical ewers of this rare Persian-influenced form include one in the Grandidier Collection in the Musee Guimet, Paris, illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Kodansha Series, vol. 7, pl. 170; one in the Avery Brundage collection in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, San Francisco, 1996, pl. 544; one sold in our London Rooms, 3 December 1973, lot 254, and illustrated by A. du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 217, fig. 9; and another from the Fuller Collection, sold in our London Rooms, 28 June 1965, lot 98.
Compare with other ewers of this form covered in other glazes: a Yongzheng-marked teadust-glazed version from the Qing court collection is illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 244; a white-glazed example, formerly from the collection of Sir Harry and Lady Garner, exhibited at Bluett and Sons in May 1973, and from the collection of Edward T. Chow, illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Meiyintang Collection, Vol. 2, London, 1994, pl. 794; and a flambe-glazed one with a scrolled loop handle, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 21 May 1979, lot 101. A Yongzheng-marked ewer with similar motifs painted in blue and white is illustrated in Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2000, pl. 108; together with another applied with a handle, pl. 109. Cf. a celadon example with a handle, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 20 May 1980, lot 80.