A very similar vessel is illustrated by R.H. Blumenfield, Blanc de Chine, Berkeley/Toronto, 2002, p. 81 B. See, also, a slightly different vessel of this form illustrated by P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, New York/Washington, 1969, pl. 128 B. In discussing this piece, p. 199, the author notes that pieces of this form would have had to be made after 1783, as that was the year of the Montgolfier brothers' experiments with hot air balloons in Paris, which were repeated by Lunardi in London in 1784 and again in 1785.
A similar example was sold in our London rooms, 5 and 6 July 1984, lot 380.