Sold in our New York Rooms, 19 September 1996, lot 402.
The two scenes on the body painted in Guyuexuan-style compare well to the finest painting on Imperial porcelain from the Beijing Palace Workshops. The subject of geese by millet and reeds was much favoured at court. For an imperial famille rose cup with blue-enamelled Yongzheng mark, painted with three standing geese and one in flight amid ornamental rockwork, peonies and millet, now in the collection of the Chang Foundation, Taibei, see S. Jenyns, Later Chinese Porcelain, The Ch'ing Dynasty, 1951, pl. LXXXIV, fig. 1A. On a larger scale, the subject is treated more elaborately on the Guyuexuan-style teapot and cover in the Percival David Foundation, London, illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 15, pls. 218-219.
The peonies reserved on the yellow ground compare favourably to the dense 'mille fleurs' decoration on a Qianlong-marked Beijing-enamelled hanging jar and cover with stand, previously in the collections of A.W. Bahr and Paul and Helen Bernat, illustrated by Hugh Moss, By Imperial Command, pl. 23.