A similar example of a Song to Ming dynasty gold and silver-inlaid champion vase is illustrated in Paul Moss and Gerard Hawthorn, The Second Bronze Age. Later Chinese Metalwork. Sydney Moss Ltd., London, 1991, cat. no. 3. Related examples with minimal surface decoration, include a vase from the collection of Ulrich Hausmann, also attributed to the Song to Ming dynasty, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 8th October 2014, lot 3328.
The Rt. Hon. Rolf, 2nd Baron Cunliffe of Headley (1899-1963) was one of the most important collectors of Chinese art – ceramics of all periods as well as archaic bronzes, jades and snuff bottles. According to Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, Provenance, London, 2011, pp 132-3, Bluett & Sons prepared a valuation of his collection after his death, which comprised some 600 items spanning a wide centuries and varying media but all reflecting the keen eye of one of the most discerning connoisseurs of Chinese art.
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