The characters on the upper bulb read Fengtiao Yushun, 'Soft wind and gentle rain', and on the lower bulb, Guotai Minan, 'May the country prosper and the people enjoy peace'.
Compare three other very similar double-gourd vases: the first illustrated by J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Geneva, 1974, vol. 2, fig. A157; the second at the Princesschof Leeuwarden, illustrated by N. Ottema, Chinesche Ceramik Handboek, Amsterdam, 1946, pl. 134; and the last one sold at Christie's New York, 5 June 1986, lot 290.