Previously sold in these Rooms, 31 March 1992, lot 646.
Compare the related vase with lime-ground carved shallow-relief gilt decoration from the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, p. 394, col. pl. 75 and the Tibetan style ewer included in the National Palace Museum Special Exhibition of Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Porcelain, Catalogue, p. 137, no. 110. Compare also the pair of vases from the T.Y. Chao Collection, sold in Hong Kong, 18 November 1986, lot 115.
The decoration is in imitation of champleve enamel, a cross-media practice which Ayers describes as a 'striking phenomenon' during Qianlong's reign in the Baur Collection, Catalogue, vol. IV, p. 12.