This exceptional garniture was probably originally intended to be placed above a grand fireplace in a European stately home or palace. Garnitures of this type were very fashionable during the early 18th century. As Dr. Jrg comments (op.cit.) "The technical virtuosity needed to produce such sets should not be underestimated".
J. Pierpont Morgan, the American financier and art collector, owned a garniture of six almost identical vases (four rouleau and two baluster with covers); one of the rouleau vases is illustrated by Stephen W. Bushell and William M. Laffan, Catalogue of The Morgan Collection of Chinese Porcelains, New York, 1910, Plate IV, Case A, nos. 7 - 12; see also Oskar Mnsterberg, Chinesische Kunstgeschichte, vol. II, Esslingen, 1912, nos. 440-442, p. 307, for three of the Morgan vases.
Vases and garnitures of similar form, size and design but decorated in the Famille verte palette and reserved on a powder-blue gilt-decorated ground are also known. See the two pairs of such vases from the Dresden Royal Collection illustrated by Walter Bondy, Kang-Hsi, Munich, 1923, pp. 148-9; and a garniture of three similar vases belonging to F. Kreisler of Berlin, which were exhibited in Chinesischer Kunst, Berlin, 1929, no. 873.