Stylistically these earliest of the "yuzhi" types was undoubtedly inspired by European enamels brought in tribute to the Emperor Kangxi. These bowls are the earliest of the coloured ground enamelled wares. For the contrast both in painting style and overall effect compare the present example with lot 582 painted in famille rose enamels in the Yonghzeng period.
Similar examples from the Shanghai Museum, are illustrated in Chugoku Toji Zenshu, vol. 21, pl. 76; by Liu Liang-yu in Ch'ing Official and Popular Wares, p. 62; and in Ceramics Throughout China's History from the Shanghai Museum, Catalogue, 1984, no. 92. See also du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, p. 238, col. pl.1; the Bernat example, illustrated by H. Moss, By Imperial Command, pl. 74; and J. Ayers, The Baur Collection, Catalogue, vol. IV, nos. A612 and A613. A pair of these bowls are illustrated in The S.C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Catalogue, vol. 1, no. 89; another pair from the Wah Kwong and T.Y. Chao Collections sold in these Rooms, 20 March 1990, lot 566.