A RARE HEXAGONAL PARCEL-GILT BRONZE VASE MING DYNASTY, WANLI PERIOD |
150,000 - 200,000 HKD
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- 40.1 cm, 15 3/4 in.
sturdily cast of hexagonal form, the compressed globular lower body sweeping up from a splayed foot to a tall tubular neck flaring at the rim, the lower neck collared with a raised band, the bronze body superbly and extensively decorated in gold paint with abstract shapes of undulating outlines and scrolling tips
Ulrich Hausmann, the scholar and collector of later Chinese bronzes, discusses Xuande reign-marked bronzes from the late Ming dynasty in his essay, 'In Search of Later Bronzes', ed. Paul Moss, Documentary Chinese Works of Art in Scholar's Taste, Sydney L. Moss Ltd, London, 1983, p. 232: "The end of the Ming dynasty, for many a period of decadence and decline, saw a surprising variety of new creations and proves to be a much underrated period which produced fine and often highly original metalwork. Many pieces show an uninhibited display of differing designs and unusual shapes which probably make this period the most individualistic of all the later periods”.