MING DYNASTY or QING DYNASTY 16th or 17th Century Chinese Bronze

A Late Ming Dynasty or Early Qing Dynasty Bronze Vase. The `Garlic Top` Baluster Form has a `Chilong` Dragon Encircling the Body Climbing up the Neck.

The bulbous body is rather uneven, this is either due to casting problems or possibly it is dented. The base plate has been either re-attached or replaced.
Height : 15.2 cm (6 inches)
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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 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)."