A fine chinese export silver baluster vase with cover with historical significance. The vase is regally decorated with two applied and chased four-clawed dragons. Underneath the rim of the vase is a pattern of a beaded border underneath a flange of what looks like lotus leaves. The cover of the vase is ornately repoussed and chased and decorated with a embossed dragon draped around the cover. The finial of the cover is a regal-looking chinese mythical creature that looks like a winged lion. It appears to have paws, two long, chased tails, large wings, and a face like a lion or fu-lion.
There is provenance to this magnificent piece. In the centre of the vase is a shield-shaped plaque that reads, "presented to J.J.F. Bandinel ESQr. By Chun Lai Ming Shanghai 20th April 1907". Our research reveals that J.J.F. Bandinel was a British tea merchant whose company (Bandinel & Co.) owned ships. He was later a consular official in Manchuria, China. We were unable to find out who 'Chun Lai Ming' was.
SIGNED: The base of the vase is marked 'CS', 'Shanghai', and a chinese shop mark.
AGE: circa 1907 or earlier
CONDITION: Good for its age. However, do note that one of the applied claws of a dragon on the vase appears to be missing. Where the claw once once,there is a slight rub mark although you must look very carefully to see it (see photos). On the rim of the cover, there are a few wear and tear dings. Also, on very close inspection, a tip of one of the feathers of the winged creature, may be missing - but we are not sure about this. Please look at the photos for more details. All these mentioned flaws are only noticed upon close inspection and do not detract from the elegance of this magnificent and rare historical piece.
SIZE: Height - approximately 12.5 inches (31 cm)
WEIGHT: The vase is made of a heavy gauge of silver. It weighs approximately 30.6 oz or 866 g.