This vase and the other small group of large Yongzheng mark and period vases of this form were inspired by Tang dynasty glazed pottery prototypes, such as the equally large example with similar appliques included in the Exhibition of Chinese Pottery Burial Objects of the Sui and T'ang Dynasties, Hugh M. Moss Ltd., London, 1970, Catalogue, no. 107. Although the form may have been faithfully reproduced in porcelain in these Yongzheng examples, artistic license was taken with the glazing.
Of the published vases of this rare type, most of which are covered with monochromes glazes, while three are decorated in blue and white, only one other is covered with a celadon glaze similar to the present lot and was sold in our London rooms, 10 June 1991, lot 162. One with a crackled guan-type glaze now in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, is illustrated by S. W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, New York, 1980 (reprint of the 1896 ed.), p. 82, fig. 116; and another with a glaze of sky-blue color in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, pl. 95 and was illustrated in the Catalogue of the exhibition, Art Treasures from Birthday Celebrations at the Qing Court, Hong Kong, n.d. As with the present example, the glaze on these latter two vases was most likely inspired by Song dynasty glazes.
Two other vases have a teadust glaze. One in the Idemitsu Museum was included in the 15th Anniversary Exhibition Catalogue, Tokyo, 1981, p. 218, no. 967 and another in the collection of Nancy and Ira Koger is illustrated by J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics, The Koger Collection, London, 1985, pp. 162-163, no. 134, where the author proposes that the original may have been sent from Peking for copying.
If the monochrome glazes were influenced by those of the Song dynasty, the three published examples decorated in blue and white were influenced by the decoration found on early Ming blue and white wares. One of these vases is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by Garner, Oriental Blue and White, London, 1977 ed., pl. 76; one is in the Ohlmer Collection, Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, Germany, illustrated by U. Wiesner, Chinesisches Porzellan, Mainz am Rhein, 1981, no. 51; and a third smaller vase (32.3cm.) is in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated op.cit, Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 176, no. 5.