A FINE PARCEL-GILT BRONZE CENSER
LATE MING DYNASTY, 16TH/17TH CENTURY, HU WENMING
Of bombé form with a pair of loop handles issuing from animal masks, chased with a central band of various scholar's objects reserved on stylised floral backgrounds, between a band of ruyi heads on the waisted neck and a mask meander encircling the spreading foot, reserved on ring-punched grounds, the base with an incised and gilt mark
6¾ in. (17 cm.) across handles
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Hu Wenming is perhaps the most famous name associated with incense ware of this type made for the scholar's desk.
Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles