Sometimes referred to as a sanxuan zun (three string vase), this shape derives its name from the rings around the neck which recall the strings used on Chinese musical instruments. It is also called 'turnip-shaped vase', laifu zun, by Chinese scholars after the custom of naming porcelain forms after vegetables.
Similar examples of this form are illustrated, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, New York, 1989, no. 231 and again in Sekai Toji Zenshu, Tokyo, 1983, vol. 15, pp. 34-35, fig. 27; one from the Freer Gallery of Art is illustrated by R.M. Chait, 'The Eight Prescribed Peachbloom Shapes Bearing the K'ang Hsi marks', published in Oriental Art, 1957, vol. 3, no. 4, p. 132; one from the Beijing Palace Museum in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 137, col. pl. 120; and one in the Min Chiu Society Exhibition of Monochrome Ceramics, Hong Kong, 1977, no. 10. An example previously in the collection of Mrs. Yale Kneeland was sold at Christie's Hong Kong 7 July 2003, lot 564, and another formed part of the set of eight peachbloom-glazed vessels from the Jingguantang Collection, also sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 November 1996, lot 557.
For further discussion of peachbloom-glazed wares of the Kangxi period, see the note to lot 913.