The shape of this vase is sometimes described as Guanyin ping, referring to the shape of the vase held by many figures of Guanyin, and said to contain ambrosia or magic elixir. It is also known as liuye zun, 'willow-leaf vase', owing to its elegant form which resembles that of a willow leaf. It is one of the ba da ma or 'Eight Great Numbers', eight specific vessels covered in a peachbloom glaze.
Similar examples are in major institutions worldwide including the Palace Museum, Beijing; the Shanghai Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Palace Museum, Taipei; and the Baur Collection, Geneva. See, also, the example sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2005, lot 1233.
For further discussion of peachbloom-glazed wares of the Kangxi period, see the note to lot 913.