In shape and decoration the bottles are copies of a Japanese Kakiemon original, see the Japanese examples in the Rijksmuseum, inventory number RBK-1968-258 and H. Nishida, Nippon toji zenshu (A Pageant of Japanese Ceramics), volume 24, Kakiemon, Tokyo, 1977, pl. 44.
In Japan they were used for storing sake. Examples made in Meissen include those in the KGM, Berlin (see S. Bursche, Meissen, Steinzeug und Porzellan des 18. Jahrhunderts, Kataloge des Kunstgewerbemuseums Berlin, Band IX, Berlin, 1980, no. 209, illustrated, with Johanneummarke no. 140).