Previously sold in our New York Rooms, 23 June 1983, lot 199; at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 22 May 1985, lot 162, and again, 27 April 2003, lot 42.
No other vase of this design appears to be recorded. The decoration of a flock of magpies flying or resting on two branches of blossoming prunus - a brown branch with pink flowers, and a grey branch with white flowers - can be seen on a large hu-shaped vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Falangcai, Fencai - The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 88; while the composition of paired phoenix among peonies and egrets, as seen on the present vase, is also found on a Yongzheng-marked 'Guyuexuan' bowl in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Shogakukan series, vol. 15, Japan, 1983, pl. 47.