Subject:Re: Chi Dragon Walking On Cloud Scrolls Bronze Brushrest
Posted By: Kevin Donnelley Wed, Apr 18, 2018
Another cast bronze example of a dragon strutting above cloud scrolls was sold at Bonhams, Edinburgh, on March 21, 2018 in their Asian Art sale. The lot was described as A BRONZE 'CHILONG DRAGON' BRUSH REST, late Ming, lot # 263
Although in general they are very similar to one another in appearance in a comparison of the 2 bronzes, they were not cast from the same mold as there are some noticeable differences between them in the detailing, i.e. the shape of the scrolling cloud base looking at each from the underside is different, the patina, although both have blackened with age, one has considerable amount of bronze disease. The top of the neck of the present example has a greater arch to it with the head of the dragon tilting to the right towards the viewer more so than with the other. it also has a well defined upper set of small teeth which is absent from the other, the tail shape is more curvy, rather than straight; the forward front foot was brought up higher with a greater arch to the leg than with the other one.
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