This bottle is one of a very rare group of early Qianlong bottles painted with landscapes. Another rare example, with a poem but without an Imperial mark, formerly in the Meriem Collection, was sold in these rooms, 19 September 2007, lot 629. A third was offered at Etude Jutheau, Paris, 5-6 March 1985, lot 68; a fourth is in a private Hong Kong collection. They represent the finest of eighteenth-century enameled landscape painting, and with the design of two figures, one pointing, in front of a long waterfall are obviously the inspiration for the later, repeated versions of a similar theme represented by lot 271.
Standing between the present early Qianlong example, and the later more decorative versions of the same subject is a unique enameled cup bearing a Qianlong mark from the Jingguantang Collection, sold our Hong Kong Rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 509. See the note to lot 282 for mention of the difficulties in producing enameled glass.