Description: Having quatrefoil flori-form globular body, deep vessel with rounded shoulder to flat banded rim. Two loop handles everted vertically from the wide opening mouth. Three prominent legs supported the vessel. The exterior decorated with band of archaic taotie masks, vividly shown as two symmetrical bodies that are joined together, animal eyes projecting from the bronze surface in which stares at the viewer. These protruding eyes has also been defined as the eyes of a predator, all reserved against hexagonal pattern enclosing six-petals red flower diaper in turquoise-blue ground. Mark on base, protruding four gilt script -KaiShu- characters enclosed within square frame border, QianLong Reign Period.
Dimensions: Dimension: 7-5/8"H x 6.5" Diam
Medium: bronze, gold, cloisonne, enamel
Date: Qing Dynasty
Condition Report: Traced numerous tiny-holes of corrosions on enamel filling, No missing wires found on cloisonne works. With normal anomalies in nature, sign of stressed surface, minor scratch & dents, and trace of declined on gilt. Normal, consider ages and wear. Over all in excellent condition.
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Provenance: PROVENANCE: From the heirs of Sir john Dorrington and the Vosper estates from Stroud Gloucestershire these items were purchased by a prominent antiques collector in 2008. Seeking historical and collectible items he attended numerous auctions and estate sales in the area as well as from nearby countries. Sometimes finding a rarity sometimes just the camaraderie of fellow collectors.
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