Designed in the 'goût Grec' style of the 1770's, this type of pot-pourri vase found particular favour amongst Regency collectors following the establishment of Thomas Hope's Duchess Street Mansion/Museum, published in Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, and the vase-mania that ensued following the publication of Henry Moses' Collection of Antique Vases.. in 1814. A pair of Grecian wine-krater vases displaying porcelain of very similar date and palette, but with English mounts attributed to Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, was acquired by the antiquarian connoisseur William Beckford (illustrated in 'William Beckford 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent', Exhibition Catalogue, 2001, no.66, pp.345-346). Acquired at the Fonthill sale in 1823 by George Hammond Lucy for Charlecote Park, Warwickshire, the Beckford vases may well have been through the hands of Robert Fogg, the Prince of Wales' 'China Man', as he both worked for Beckford and collaborated with Vulliamy. It is interesting to note, therefore, that Fogg was also patronised by the 2nd Marquess, through whom he purchased a Japanese lacquer cabinet.
What would appear to be the pair to this vase was sold by a private collector, Christie's New York, 26 October 1994, lot 43. A pair of lavender-ground Chinese porcelain vases with closely related palette and glaze, formerly in the collection of Mme. de Polès, which display contemporary but slightly different neo-classical ormolu mounts with parrots surmounting laurel-swagged handles, was sold anonymously at Christie's Monaco, 20 June 1992, lot 58.