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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 618

    A RARE AND FINELY CAST BRONZE CENSER AND COVER

    18TH CENTURY

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    A RARE AND FINELY CAST BRONZE CENSER AND COVER
    18TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular section, the censer well-cast with mythical beasts rising out of the sea and galloping across turbulent waves, the ends with a pair of lion mask handles, supported on a tall foot encircled by a band of lotus lappets, the domed openwork cover cast in high relief with dragons and phoenixes amidst swirling clouds beneath the tall finial surmounted by a coiled dragon, the base with an apocryphal six-character Xuande mark
    9 3/16 in. (23.3 cm.) high, wood stand


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    See a much smaller (15.8 cm. diam.) closely related example, with six-character Xuande mark and dated to the Kangxi period, from the Robert H. Clague Collection, included in the 1994 exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, China's Renaissance in Bronze, no. 21. See, also, the even smaller (14.7 cm. long) example from the collection of Robert E. Kresko, illustrated by P. Hu, Later Chinese Bronzes. The Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert E. Kresko Collections, St. Louis, 2008, no. 18.

    Provenance

    Christie's, Hong Kong, 27 April 1998, lot 759.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection