• Japanese and Korean Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2688

    Japanese and Korean Art

    20 March 2013, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 661

    A monumental bronze bottle vase


    Price Realised  


    A monumental bronze bottle vase
    Meiji Period (late 19th century)
    Cast in sections and mounted as a bottle vase with long tapered neck sets on a globular body with rich blackish brown patina, the neck and body decorated with two dragons amidst clouds and breaking waves, the detail of the waves finely chiseled, the eyes, claws and scales of dragons embellished with gilt, all supported on a base designed with Chinese style lappets

    60in. (152.4cm.) high without stand; 73in. (185.4cm.) high with stand

    With original wood stand

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    In the Meiji period (1868-1912), Japan entered into industrial competition with the Western nations and applied traditional technology to works of art for export. Pieces such as this bottle vase were made for exhibition in Europe and America, where they won great acclaim. Bronze-casters from all over Japan responded magnificently to the challenge, adapting the existing traditions of bronze manufacture for temple fittings and flower containers to produce an impressive range of outsize exhibition pieces that combine exaggerated features borrowed from early Chinese work with a wealth of exotic decoration.


    Acquired by Fong See (founder of F. Suie One Company, Pasadena) from a trade fair in Chicago and by descent

    Pre-Lot Text



    "On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Exerience," shown at the following venues:

    The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, 2000.7.22-2001.1.1
    Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, DC, 2001.5.18-9.30