The jar and cover are painted with three panels of pine, bamboo and plum, 'The Three Friends' (Shochikubai). For a matching Chelsea covered jar see John Ayers et al., Porcelain for Palaces: The Fashion for Japan in Europe 1650--1750, exh. cat. (London: Oriental Ceramic Society and British Museum, 1990), pl. 198. For the Japanese Kakiemon-style prototype in the English Royal Collection see the same catalogue, pl. 152.