Small Chinese Bronze Vase of Ku Form with Elephant Head Handles, Qing Dynasty circa 1800
LOT NUMBER 37
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LOT NUMBER 37
Small Chinese Bronze Vase of Ku Form with Elephant Head Handles, Qing Dynasty circa 1800Chinese Bronze Vase of Ku Form with typical spreading foot, bulbous body and wide flaring neck and rim, set at the side with a pair of elephant head handles. The base decorated with a circling dragon, the body with two panels of peony, rocks and butterflies, the neck with repeating stylised plantain leaves with stylised floral decoration in an 'archaistic' style and the top rim with a band of repeating geometric designs. Note in particular the detail of the casting of the elephant heads and the dragon's head. This, combined with the quality of the bronze which has excellent weight and patina, suggests a circa date at least towards the middle of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) if not perhaps before. The piece was probably conceived as part of a miniature altar set and was possibly intended as an incense burner.
|Size:||12.3cm x 9.8cm (max)|
|Condition:||Good condition overall. A minute dent or surface fault to the interior of the top rim (just visible in image 5). The base, which was made separately has become detached and is now loose but fits well.|