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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1958

    A LARGE IMPERIAL BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASE

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE IMPERIAL BRONZE 'DRAGON' VASE
    XIANFENG CAST SIX-CHARACTER MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1851-1861)

    Of pear shape raised on a tall flaring foot, cast with two pairs of dragons each confronting a 'flaming pearl' reserved against a dense cloud scroll ground, below two bands of dragons chasing 'flaming pearls' at the neck and a further band of stylised classic scroll at the mouth rim, the neck flanked by a pair of dragon masks issuing looped handles with loose oval rings attached, the foot with a band of stiff-leaves with archaistic detailing above the six-character reign mark in a line around the base
    17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm.) high


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    It is unusual to find Xianfeng marked bronze vessels of this type. More common are Qianlong examples such as the vases sold, as part of a garniture, at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 11 April 2008, lot 2826.