This rare Chinese figure is copied from faience pitchers produced in Delft, Rouen and Brussels during the middle of the 18th Century.
Cf. Howard and Ayers, China for the West, vol. II, p. 620 for a similar example and a Delft original. The authors note that these were probably spirit jugs.
Similar examples are illustrated by J. M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, p. 189, cat. 172; and M. Jordain and R. Soame Jenyns, Chinese Export Art in the Eighteenth Century, p. 110, no. 73
A similar example sold in our London Rooms, 3rd May 1976, lot 154