Previously sold at Christie's London, 7 November 2006, lot 195.
Jars of this shape decorated in blue and white are extremely rare. They are more commonly found in monochrome glazes, usually celadon. A celadon-glazed example close example of this form was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 May 2006, lot 1375. A pair of monochrome jars of this form with Qianlong marks, exhibited in Singapore, 1979, is illustrated in Chinese Celadons and Other Related Wares in Southeast Asia, pl. 224, nos. 271 and 272.
The decoration on the current jar is a typical design derived from the Ming Dynasty incorporated into the Qing period. From the classic floral meander, to the bands of lappets and crashing waves to the rim.