China, Qing dynasty (1622-1912), 17th century. Each with a compressed pear-shaped body rising from a high spreading foot to a long tapering neck, surmounted by a garlic head below a waisted mouth with everted lip, cast with a sinuous chilong twisting around the long neck, covered overall with a dark patina enhanced with irregular areas of gilding.
Provenance: Sold at Galerie Perret Vibert in 1978, inventory number 2257. Compagnie de la China et des Indes, Paris, acquired from the above. Private collection, Belgium, bought at auction.
Condition: Good condition, dents, material loss to the bottom rim, and casting imperfections.
Weight: 650 g and 606 g
Dimensions: Height 20.8 cm
Two similar examples are illustrated in Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, no. 29.
Auction result comparison:
Compare a closely related parcel-gilt bronze garlic head vase, dated to the 16th-17th century, at Sotheby’s New York in Saturday At Sotheby’s: Chinese Art on 21 March 2015, lot 765, sold for USD 6,000.
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