A ‘Ku’-shaped brass alloy vase, China, late 19th early 20th Century, with a dragon emerging in clouds from the surface of the metal. Unsigned. H: 9 in (23 cm), Dia: 4 in (10.2 cm). This vase was once lacquered. Long ago, it was common to lacquer metalwork so that it would not tarnish. This vessel was found in the wall of a 1915 craftsman house being demolished in Santa Monica, California, resting on a horizontal stud alongside another item. Possibly commissioned, this is the work of a master craftsman, rather than the typically churned out export ware of the period. Ex Los Angeles private collection.
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