This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance

The flattened spherical bodies decorated with the shou character flanked by  two dragons chasing a flaming pearl, the necks with green opposing dragon handles below a moulded bubous top, all above a spreading foot. 

These vases minus the handles are based on an Islamic metal shape.

The symbolism is manifold: Interestingly the first dragon as a symbol was used by Hipparchus ( c. 190 BC – c. 120 BC) who listed the constellation Draco ("the dragon") as one of forty-six constellations.

In China the dragon symbolises supernatural power, wisdom, strength, and hidden knowledge; besides its other connotations. 

The pearl itself is associated with spiritual energy, wisdom, prosperity, power, immortality, thunder, or the moon. In this case the pair of dragons are shown chasing or fighting over the flaming pearl.


Height: 8 7/8in. (22.5cm.)

Condition report

One restored handle on each of the vases, one vase with small chips to rim

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