A GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER
A GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER

17TH-18TH CENTURY

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A GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER
17TH-18TH CENTURY
The censer has a compressed body raised on three legs and a pair of pierced and curved upright handles that flank the short neck and flat, everted rim. The exterior is decorated overall with fine gold splashes that also cover the base surrounding an apocryphal Xuande six-character mark cast within a rectangle.
6 in. (15.1 cm.) wide across handles
Provenance
Private collection, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

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Lot Essay

Whilst related bronze censers, richly splashed with gold and cast with Xuande marks on the base, are known, the present censer appears to be particularly unusual for its curving, upturned handles. For related examples with animal-mask handles and with loop handles, see R. Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, p. 27, no. 15.

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