It is extremely rare to find a complete altar set of this monumental size and lavishly casted decoration of dragons - the symbol of the Emperor. Altar garnitures of this type were made for specific temples in the Imperial Palace and were generally commissioned as tribute to the emperor. See a bronze altar garniture, comprising of an incense burner, a pair of candlesticks and a pair of vases, of similar magnificent large size, illustrated in Qingdai gongting shenghuo, Hong Kong, 1985, p. 299, pl. 467, in situ in the Xianruo Temple, located in the garden of Cining Gong (Palace of Compassion and Tranquility) where the empress and consorts conducted Buddhist religious ceremonies.
A pair of lavishly decorated bronze vases of related form, casted solely with phoenixes instead of dragons, indicating that the pair may have been commissioned as a tribute to the Qianlong emperor's mother, from the Alfred Morrison collection, was sold at Christie's London, 9th November 2004, lot 17; and another pair of imperial bronze vases casted with dragons and phoenixes, made for one of the buildings of the Imperial Summer Palace, Yuanmingyuan, was sold three times in these rooms, 29th/30th April 1997, lot 730, 10th April 2006, lot 1537 and recently on 9th October 2007, lot 1322.
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