The present pair of jardinières appears to be consistent with a group of jardinières usually of rather large size, decorated in a rather painterly style, most often in doucai technique, but occasionally in famille verte enamels, and marked beneath their everted, flattened, foliated rims with six-character Kangxi marks. A pair of jardinières of identical octagonal form and with identical border but decorated with different scenes of Daoist figures in lavish landscapes was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 October 1995, lot 743.
An hexagonal planter similarly decorated with scenes of Daoist figures in lavish landscapes and with a Kangxi mark is illustrated by J. Watt, Possessing the Past: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, p. 505, pl. 289. The author notes that while the decoration is similar to that on Transitional wares, the drawing is much finer and more detailed, and that the figural and floral imagery are standard representations taken from painting manuals and wood-block printed pattern books.