The combination of dragons on the lower body and shou-character roundels on the neck appears to be very rare design and no other example of this design appears to be published.
Gilt-decorated blue-ground vases of this shape with Guangxu marks are found with varied auspicious decoration. A slightly larger vase (16¼ in.) decorated with bats in flight amidst clouds, and a band of shou characters alternating with flowers on the shoulder and flower scroll surrounding the mark on the base, was sold at Christie's New York, 26 March 2010, lot 1432. Another vase (15¼ in.) decorated with small medallions of animals, shou characters and yin and yang motifs surrounded by the Eight Daoist Trigrams, is illustrated in National Museum of History: Major Holdings of the National Museum of History, Taipei, 1988, p. 72. See, also, the vase from the Kwan Collection included in the exhibition, Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 13 August - 25 September 1983, no. 126. Examples of blue-ground gilt-decorated vases with dragons on both the lower body and neck include a Guangxu-marked vase of comparable size sold at Christie's New York, 19 September 2013, lot 1352 and a pair sold at Christie’s New York, 20 March 2014, lot 2200.