3302
3302
A LARGE BRONZE DRAGON-HANDLED VASE, HU
YUAN / EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimation
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3302
A LARGE BRONZE DRAGON-HANDLED VASE, HU
YUAN / EARLY MING DYNASTY
Estimation
40 00060 000
Lot. Vendu 350,000 HKD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann

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A LARGE BRONZE DRAGON-HANDLED VASE, HU
YUAN / EARLY MING DYNASTY
cast with a pear-shaped body rising to a waisted neck and galleried everted rim, all supported on a splayed foot, the neck bordered with a broad band enclosing a leiwen field and flanked by a pair of loop handles in the form of dragons, the foot detailed with a wave-pattern ground, the smooth surface patinated to a warm coppery-brown colour
28.2 cm., 11 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Peter Kemp Antiques, London, 1980s.

Description

Close examination of the surface of the vase suggests that the handles never had rings. There is no obvious mark recognisable in the patination of the main body of the vase, which would have been the case had rings once been present. Ulrich Hausmann's conclusion is that it was possible to order these vessels, with or without rings - the latter design chosen to avoid the vessel looking like a temple arrangement, where rings were a standard feature. Another slightly larger bronze handled vase of similar hu form, also without rings, is in the British Museum, dated Yuan / Song dynasty, registration no.1990,0528.1.

For additional information about bronze flower vessels, see the section Ulrich Hausmann writes in the introduction to this catalogue, where he quotes from the Ming Dynasty scholar Zhang Deqian (circa 1600):

"Copper is preferred to gold and silver to avoid suggestion of opulence and vases with earrings should be avoided, as also a symmetrical arrangement in pairs, to avoid their looking as if on a temple altar".

Later Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann

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Hong Kong