This a wonderful very large chinese export silver vase by the maker Hong Chong who worked in Canton and Shanghai C. 1890. The vase is in hour glass shape. The vase is decorated in a fabulous relief decoration all around. The front decorated with a flaming pearl and large 3D flower heads leaves, stems, and landscape decoration. Moving around the vase to the right is a very large highly decorated bird. He is perched on one leg on a rock outcropping, he is highly decorated with the highest level of silver finishing work. Some of the feathers are actually extra applied pieces of silver. Above him is a very large flower head and below a continuation of the landscape design. Moving along to the back is a fabulous unusual tree that runs from the bottom to the top of the body of the vase.The tree itself is 11 inches in height. I do not know the type of tree but with very unique umbrella form leaves, hanging from the brances there is what looks like a thin line of moss in several places[very interesting and fine detail work]. Directly to the right of the tree near the base are 2 more birds of fine quality. Moving further along there is a large bird in flight towards the top of the body. There is a very good quality greek key decoration running around the neck of the piece. The whole body of the piece with a stippled background. This vase combines a variety of silversmithing skills to culminate in a fine quality large work of art. 15 3/4 inches high. Weight 48 1/2 troy ounces. Excellent condition. Fully hallmarked on the bottom of the vase. Would be fantastic with an interesting flower arrangement. If you want to purchase one chinese export item, this is the piece.