This beautiful vase reflects the Qing emperor's deep appreciation for the past and its preservation into the present. The guan-type glaze as well as ge and ru-type glaze issued from the Song dynasty were highly appreciated during the Yongzheng and Qianlong periods and particularly on vessels of archaistic form. This vase is based on Western Zhou period bronzes such as the one sold by Christie's Paris, 19 December 2012, lot 87.
See comparable examples: a ru-type glaze vase in the National Museum of China, illustrated in Studies of the Collections of the National Museum of China, Shanghai Classics, Shanghai, 2007, p. 86, fig. 53; a ge-type vase in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi-Yongzheng-Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 260, no. 89; and another in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, illustrated by M. Beurdeley and G. Raindre, Qing Porcelain, New York, 1987, pl.217.