Previously sold one of a pair in our London Rooms, 7 June 1993, lot 49.
Two similarly decorated baluster vases formerly in the C. T. Loo collection, Paris, are illustrated by. M. and C. Beurdeley, Chinese Ceramics, pls. 58 and 60.
Jars from the Jiajing period with this distinctive Daoist-inspired decoration are relatively rare. However, other pieces which incorporate stylised auspicious characters with the 'Three Friends of Winter' were popular during the Jiajing period. See, for example, a small box and cover in the Bloxham Collection, illustrated by R. L. Hobson, B. Rackham and W. King, Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, p. 114, fig. 205; and a bowl illustrated by J. Pope, Chinese Porcelains from the Ardebil Shrine, Washington, 1956, pl. 80.