Previously sold in these Rooms, 1 May 1994, lot 659.
The technique of pencil-outline design in underglaze copper-red was rarely attempted in Qing dynasty ceramics, and only a small group is known. Compare four Qianlong-marked copper-red vessels decorated in this carefully drawn pencil decoration, the first a moonflask from the C. P. Lin collection, included in the exhibition, Elegant Form and Harmonious Decoration, Percival David Foundation, 1992, and illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 149, no. 171. The second example, a monk's cap ewer in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Shogakukan series, vol. 15, 1983, p. 82, fig. 90; the third, a baluster vase included in the exhibition, K'ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch'ien-lung Porcelain Ware From the Ch'ing Dynasty in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, 1986, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 73; and a bottle vase sold in these Rooms, 26 April 2004, lot 910.