• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 257

    A RARE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE MINIATURE DOUBLE VASE

    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INSCRIBED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    A RARE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE MINIATURE DOUBLE VASE
    QIANLONG FOUR-CHARACTER INSCRIBED MARK AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
    In the form of two ovoid vases of different heights standing side by side, finely cast around the sides with angular dragon scroll, the forequarters and head of one dragon arched above the smaller vase to touch the rim of the taller, each with a band of cicada blades pendent from a rope-twist band around the neck interrupted on the smaller vase by a pair of elephant-head and ring handles and on the taller by a pair of mask and ring handles, all highlighted by gilding in contrast to the dark olive-brown ground
    2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) high


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    Compare a nearly identical, though slightly smaller (4.5 cm.) double vase, also bearing a Qianlong mark, in the collection of the National Palace Museum, illustrated in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, Taipei, 2004, p. 157, no. III-22.

    Provenance

    Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, 1940s.


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