27 May 2009,
Price realised HKD 524,000
Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000
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.
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