Only one other vase of this shape, size and design appears to be published, from the Qing court collection, illustrated in Monochrome Porcelain, The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Commercial Press Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 137.
The composition of a three-clawed dragon, together with a five-clawed dragon, is also seen on a Qianlong blue and white tianqiuping of slightly larger size, from the Jingguantang Collection, sold in these Rooms, 3 November 1996, lot 553, and again, 30 October 2001, lot 805. Both the monochrome and the blue and white examples are deliberate derivations of the early Ming style; more specifically, they follow designs on large early Ming blue and white tianqiuping and moonflasks in the use of the three-clawed dragon, found only on these forms. See, for example, D. Macintosh, Chinese Blue and White Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1988, fig. 17.
Compare also combined three- and five-clawed dragons moulded on other Qianlong-period celadon-glazed vases: a meiping with one three-clawed and two five-clawed dragons, also from the Jingguantang Collection, was exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Splendour of the Qing Dynasty, 1992, and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 210; and another sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5 November 1997, lot 1356.