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Auction: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
was auctioned on: 15 May 2012
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AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE IMPERIAL BRONZE ALT...

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Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000
ca. US$477,351 - US$795,586
Price realised:  £657,250
ca. US$1,045,797
Lot number 188, Views: 499

AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE IMPERIAL BRONZE ALTAR VASES
QIANLONG CAST SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN A RECTANGULAR PANEL AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795)
AN IMPORTANT AND VERY RARE PAIR OF LARGE IMPERIAL BRONZE ALTAR VASES QIANLONG CAST SIX-CHARACTER MARKS WITHIN A RECTANGULAR PANEL AND OF THE PERIOD (1736-1795) Each powerfully and heavily cast vase is decorated to either side with a pair of confronted five-clawed writhing dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl and all amidst vaporous clouds. The shoulders are decorated with a band of pendant ruyi heads above C-scrolls. The flaring necks are divided into two registers, each containing a further pair of dragons in the pursuit of flaming pearls and applied on either side with archaistic chilong handles supporting large rings. The tall flaring foot with a 'cicada' band above a further band containing the reign marks. 30¼ in. (76.5 cm.) high (2)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Date of the auction: 15 May 2012
Address: Christie's
15 May 2012, London, King Street