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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1953

    A LARGE DATED PARCEL-GILT BRONZE CENSER, GUI

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE DATED PARCEL-GILT BRONZE CENSER, GUI
    WANLI, DATED 1614, AND OF THE PERIOD

    The compressed body cast in relief with whimsical mythical beasts amid cloud scrolls against a scalloped ground, below a band of interlinked stylised foliage at the neck, and above a band of lotus scroll at the foot, flanked on either side by dragon-head loop handles, cast with the maker's Wanli Jiayin zhi yunjian Hu Wenming zan, in a rectangular gilt panel on the base with a cyclical date corresponding to 1614
    10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) wide, pierced wood cover


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    The artist Hu Wenming was a celebrated metalworker who was active during the late 16th to early 17th century. Compare with a group of metalwork examples all bearing the Hu Wenming mark, included in the exhibition Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, nos. 73, 103, 230, 231, 237, and 246.

    Compare also a similar example sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 29 May 2007, lot 1653.