A very similar, yet slightly larger, vase of this very rare form from the collection of W. T. Walters is illustrated by S. W. Bushell, Oriental Ceramic Art, 1980 ed., pl. XX, who notes that it originally would have been used in a Buddhist temple as part of a five-piece altar set consisting of a censer, two pricket candlesticks and a pair of vases. A pair of similar vases, along with a matching octagonal covered censer, was sold in our London rooms, 7 April 1982, lot 62.
A vase in the Shanghai Museum of this form and size, with the more unusual four-character mark, and with a predominantly turquoise ground, is illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji; Jingdezhen caihui ciqi (The Great Treasury of Chinese Ceramics; Jingdezhen Painted Porcelain), Shanghai, 1981, vol. 21, pl. 99.