A very fine Chinese silver documentary presentation vase and cover
Impressed Hung Chong & Co and De Chang marks, late 19th century
The ovoid vase finely chased in relief with a mounted war party and foot soldiers wielding halberds, spears, swords and shields escorting two ladies in a cart in a mountainous landscape, with a bat suspending a cartouche in the centre with an Endless Knot tassel, with a dedicatory inscription dated 17 September 1894, flanked by a pair of powerful dragon heads with foliate sprays emerging from their jaws and forming the handles, the reverse similarly decorated with a war party and above officials and scholars set between a gated compound and a military tent set with a field desk bearing a crane pricket candlestick and cup, all below the waisted neck and everted rim with a foliate border, raised on three kneeling boy supports, the stepped domed cover with a dragon amidst clouds finial encircled by a figural scene depicting the Four Noble Occupations, scholar, farmer, fisherman and wood cutter, the base impressed with the marks, wood stand. 49.5cm (19in) high high (3).
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