Only one other blue and white decorated vase of this pattern is known, an example sold in our London Rooms, 17 June 2003, lot 57.
The scenes on the flask are derived from the woodblock prints in Yuzhi Gengzhi Tu, 'Imperial Illustrations of Tilling and Weaving'. These illustrations were designed by Jiao Bingzhen to accompany a series of poems composed by the Kangxi Emperor on tilling and weaving, and published around 1697. A comparable scene of an embroidered panel from a private collection is illustrated fig. 1. Two bound wood block print albums of the Yuzhi Genzhi Tu were sold in these Rooms, 27 October 2003, lot 694 and 29 October 2002, lot 720.
Two closely related doucai moonflasks are published, one unmarked example with dragon handles in the Tianjin Museum, illustrated by Liu Liang Yu, A Survey of Chinese Ceramics, vol. 5, p. 186 top, and again in Porcelains from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, pl. 176; the other, which has a Qianlong mark, and with underglaze-blue decoration apparently intended for doucai enamels but unfinished, is in the Roemer Museum and illustrated by Wiesner in the Ohlmer Collection Catalogue, pl. 57. Compare also with a pair of lime-green ground famille rose vases illustrated with pairs of panels with this subject one sold in these Rooms, 25 October 1993, lot 752, the other sold 30 October 1995, lot 757.