Previously sold in London, 2 April 1974, lot 189, and again, 15 April 1980, lot 261.
The design of the present lot is a remarkably rare example of late Yuan craftsmanship in its sketchy, expressive, pencil-style painting. The large size of the vase, the retention of its shape, and the excellent control of the copper-red in the firing process contribute to the unusual qualities of this vase.
A similarly shaped Yuan vase but of a smaller size (24.1cm.), from the Metropolitan Museum, sparsely designed with a simple band of flowering lotus scrolls around the main body, is illustrated in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, p. 242, fig. 726, and published again by S. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, p. 134, fig. 131. Another example decorated with peony from the Brundage Collection is illustrated by d'Argence, Catalogue, pl. XLIX.