It is rare to find a Jizhou vase with this freely painted design. It was an innovation of the pioneering potters at the Jizhou kilns in Jiangxi province and was a difficult glazing process to control. This particular design has been attributed to the Yonghe kilns which were part of the Jizhou kiln group. A bowl with a similar pattern is ilustrated in Michael Sullivan, Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow, London, 1963, pl. 123d; and in the Shanghai Museum, Zhongguo meishu quanji: Taoci juan, vol.II, 1988, pl. 183.
A much smaller, freely painted Jizhou vase was sold in our New York Rooms, 2 December 1993, lot 257.