A rare gold-splashed bronze 'dragon and phoenix' double-vase Mark and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 灑金銅鏨龍鳳雙聯瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Sydney L. Moss Ltd. Sydney L. Moss Ltd 珍藏中國晚期銅器
Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Sydney L. Moss Ltd.
A rare gold-splashed bronze 'dragon and phoenix' double-vase
Sydney L. Moss Ltd 珍藏中國晚期銅器
清乾隆 灑金銅鏨龍鳳雙聯瓶 《大清乾隆年製》款
Mark and period of Qianlong
the two ovoid vases of upright elongated form, the exterior elaborately decorated with mythical beast masks issuing mock rings and surrounded by a stylised dragon and phoenix beasts meandering around the vessels with angular scroll bodies, further applied with splashes of gold, the base of the taller vase with a four-character reign mark within a rectangular
The vase is in very good overall condition. It is heavily and crisply cast with large irregular gilt splashes, the bronze patinated to a soft dark brown. There are very minor frits to the raised parts of the casting.
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A private German collection.
Sotheby’s Paris, 10th June 2014, lot 21.
Another gold-splashed bronze double vase of this form from the Qing court collection, preserved in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, is illustrated in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, Taipei, 2003, p. 157, fig. III-22. See also an example from the W.W. Winkworth collection, illustrated in The Minor Arts of China, III, Spink and Son Ltd, London, 1987, cat. no. 97, and an example illustrated by Robert H. Mowry, China's Renaissance in Bronze. The Robert H. Clague Collection of Later Chinese Bronzes 1100-1900, Phoenix, AZ, 1994, pp. 190-191. See also a closely related example of the same size acquired from Sydney Moss Ltd., London by Robert E. Kresko, illustrated by Philip K. Hu, Later Chinese Bronzes - The Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert Kresko Collections, St. Louis, 2008, cat. no. 36, and sold in these rooms, 6th April 2016, lot 3676.
Compare also two other Qianlong reign-marked gold-splashed double-vases from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection sold in these rooms, one in the form of an arrow and guan vase, 8th October 2009, lot 1801 and another in the form of persimmons, 8th October 2010, lot 2189.