A pair of skillfully worked, hand finished and finely cast bronze 'balluster' shaped vases decorated around the neck with a band of peony flowers; on the shoulder is a row of lappets containing three-clawed dragons and below them is a band of mythical Qilins amongst stylized clouds. These items were made in China in the 18th or very early 19th Century, probably during the reign of either the Qianlong (1736-1795) or Jiaqing (1796-1820) emperors. For a pair of, slightly smaller, similar vases (with different decoration) please view Lot no.244 in the sale of "Fine Chinese Art", Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, 7 November 2013.
Condition: they have been recently polished and are without their original patina, there is substantial wear to the footrims, and there is a repair (made at the time of production) which is clearly visible in Enlargement 10.
24cm (9.5inches) high; 19cm (7.5inches) wide.
Weight: approx. 3kg (6.5lb) each.