Beehive-shaped waterpots covered in white glaze are quite rare; this particular example is exemplary for its crisp decoration.
Compare with several other published examples, such as the one from the Nanjing Museum illustrated in Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995, no. 3; another is illustrated in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, Shanghai Museum, 1998, pls. 228-1 and 228-2; one in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated by He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1996, pl. 527; a last example from the collection of Mrs. Yale Kneeland sold in these Rooms, 26 April 1999, lot 507.