Until recently, it was not known that the date letter C actually covered part of 1756, in which year the green ground was first produced at Vincennes Sèvres. The present lot would appear to be the earliest example of its kind with this ground colour. This piece corresponds with the pair of vases hollandois of second size decorated with green grounds and birds, sold for 384 livres each to Lazare Duvaux in the second half of 1757.
For a discussion of this form, its uses and origin, see Rosalind Savill, 'The Wallace Collection' Catalogue of Sèvres Porcelain (London, 1995), Vol. I, p. 69, where she suggests that the name vase 'hollandois' probably derives from its function, which is similar to that of Dutch Delft tulip-vases, pointing out that the earlier title of à la hollandoise was reduced to hollandoise and then hollandois in 1756. The model was introduced in three sizes in 1754, although no examples of the third size appear to have been made until 1758.