Height: 7 ¼ in (18.4 cm)
A very heavy translucent sapphire blue glass bottle vase with a bulbous body and a tall cylindrical neck, carved in high relief with facing kui dragons with square spiraled-bodies, the shoulder and the foot encircled by bands of lotus petals.
The kui dragons can be recognized by their upturned snouts and a body that dissolves into scrolls. It is a primitive form of dragon with beneficial connotations. For a bowl carved with a similar design but dating to the 19th century, see Asiantiques (1997), cat. no. 26.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 17
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)