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A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL TRIPOD CENSERS AND COVERS
A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL TRIPOD CENSERS AND COVERS

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A FINE AND RARE PAIR OF GILT-BRONZE AND CLOISONNE ENAMEL TRIPOD CENSERS AND COVERS KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722) Each censer with low cylindrical sides decorated with a bold lotus scroll, surmounted by a hexafoil flange enamelled on both top and bottom with further lotus scrolls, and raised on three elephant-head feet detailed with gilt-bronze ears, trunk and tusks, the detachable mid-section with a pierced gilt-bronze central band of confronted archaistic chilong, between cloisonné enamel floral meanders, the domed cover similarly designed with the addition of an openwork finial surmounted by a coiled chilong 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high (2)
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Eaton Neston, Towcester, Northamptonshire

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Compare with a slightly earlier 17th-century censer with similar elephant feet and pierced gilt-bronze sides, from the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, illustrated in Enamel Ware in the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Taiwan, 1999, pl. 15.

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