An identical vase, possibly the pair to the present lot, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 28 April 1997, lot 755. It is noteworthy that in the Qianlong period, coloured-ground famille rose vases are often made with fancy handles. Three examples in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of Palace Museum: Porcelains with Cloisonne Enamel Decoration and Famille Rose Decoration, nos. 118, 126 and 127, have similar ruyi-shaped handles suspending ribbons and emblems. A pair of lime-green vases similar in shape to the present lot and also from the Alfred Morrison Collection in the Fonthill House, was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 May 1995, lot 673. This group of vases is often decorated with flamboyant enamels combined with eccentric shapes, and reflect the contemporary court taste.