MING DYNASTY or QING DYNASTY 16th or 17th Century Chinese Bronze
A Late Ming Dynasty or Early Qing Dynasty Bronze Vase. The `Garlic Top` Form with a `Chilong` Dragon Applied. This is Rather Crudely Rendered. The Vase is Lightly Cast.
Condition: Good, a small brake to the surface towards the lower part of the baluster section. A minor casting flaw to the footrim. The base plate is misshapen and the base has a thick black lacquer covering it.
Size: Height : 16.4 cm (6 1/4 inches)
Stock number: 23547
For two similar examples see : Later Chinese Bronzes (Rose Kerr,Bamboo Publishing,1990) Page 39 Illustration 29 on Page 42. Rose Kerr States “Vases with narrow necks, `garlic-head` top and applied models of dragon are common in porcelain from Dehua kilns in Fujian province. Dehua examples of similar form have been attributed to c.1640-1680”.
For another Ming or Qing bronze vase of this type see our `Sold Items` number 21602.
For a Blanc de Chine Porcelain vase of this type, Late Ming or Early Qing and dated by us to c.1620-1670, see stock number 19131 in our `Sold Items`. The description is as follows “The Bronze Form Blanc de Chine Porcelain Vase has a Garlic Top and a `Chilong` Dragon Entwined Around its Neck. The Base has a Thick Footrim and is Unglazed. For a Similar Vase See : Blanc de Chine (John Aryes,S.Marchant & Son,2006) Page 128 Item 85. Other blanc de chine vases of this type are recorded at Dresden (the inventory of 1721).”