Compare the present lot with an identical vase from the Edward T. Chow Collection, Part 1, sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 25 November 1980, lot 83; and a globular coral-glazed bottle with a Yongzheng mark included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London 1935, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 2725.
Vases of this form with narrow necks, garlic-head tops and applied models of dragons are found in earlier wares from the Ming dynasty, both in porcelain, as well as in bronze. Dehua examples of this shape have been attributed to the second half of the 17th century, such as the bottle vase from the Percival David Foundation, dated c. 1640-80, illustrated by John Ayers, 'Blanc-de-Chine: Some Reflections', Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1986-1987, pp. 13-36, fig. 11. Two examples in bronze, dating to the 16th or 17th century are illustrated by R. Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, pl. 29.