Inspired by Chinese blue and white porcelain of the Ming dynasty, the decoration on the present vase is distinguished by its large scale, the richness of the flowers, the delicacy of the shading, the whimsical dragonflies, butterflies and birds. The vase belongs to a small class of wares similarly decorated that includes four posset pots dating 1669-1678 (Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware, London, 1984, nos. 899, 903, 907, 908), as well as a large undated dish with Jonathan Horne in 1990, a tall mug dated 1769 formerly in the Longridge Collection and now in another private collection (Christie's, London, 10-11 June 2010, lot 1171) and an initialed 'curles' salt dated 1675 still part of the Longridge Collection (Grigsby, op. cit., Vol. II, D208).