This is a very decorative small cloisonné vase, made in China and dating to the second half of the 19th Century, Qing period.
The vase has a good globular baluster shape. It has been well made of a bronze alloy with rich enamels of many different colours, set into a turquoise - blue ground.
The main decoration shows a 5-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl with different detailed borders at the neck and above the base rim.
A dragon chasing a pearl is a common image found in Chinese art with the pearl being a symbol of wisdom, spiritual energy and power and the dragon is the emblem of the emperor, representing prosperity and good luck.
Overall a good antique cloisonné v
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