The sky blue jar is decorated under the glaze with cobalt blue and white slip ‘dragons and clouds’ in a circular design. Recessed within the low foot, the sky-blue base of the jar is painted with a six-character Qianlong reign mark in seal script.
The jar was formerly in the Collection of Thomas English Cody, whose great-uncle was the famous Buffalo Bill Cody. Buffalo Bill Cody brought the Wild West to American audiences; Thomas English brought the Far East to America with his collection of Chinese art.
Compare a pear-shaped vase with near identical decoration of dragons and scrollwork in the Royal Collection Trust (RCIN 730).
Compare utilitarian pieces from the period, e.g. jardinières with similar marks. A similar design can be found on enamel on copper pieces from the period.