For a similar single example painted with a peacock see, anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 19 June 2001 lot 334.
Important large basins like the present ones were extremely difficult to fire and very often resulted in a large percentage of kiln wasters. In China they were used as fishbowls, the fish painted in the inside adding to the effect. In the 18th Europe they usually connected with former palaces or country houses of aristocracy, as only the very wealthy could afford them; less was known about their function so that they were very often used as pots for plants or small trees. See C. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1998, p. 223.