Chinese Export Pistol-Handled Vase and Cover,
This Chinese Export double-pistol-handled porcelain shape can be traced back to silver prototypes by Stefano della Bella (1610-1664) and became particularly popular in both silver and porcelain during the English 'vase mania' from about 1770 onwards.
It was probably a Wedgwood model that the Chinese first copied towards the end of the 18th century. The pistol handles, moulded relief work and faux marble, or occasionally faux bois, bases are common to most Chinese versions and were produced for many countries then engaged in trade with China.
An almost identical vase from the collection of Ricardo Espirito Santo Silva is illustrated by Lloyd Hyde, Espirito Santo Silva and Malta, Chinese Porcelain for the European Market, Lisbon, 1956, colour plate 2.
Dimensions: 16 inches high x 9 3/4 inches Wide x 4 3/8 Square at Base.