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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE CENSER
PROPERTY FROM AN OLD NEW YORK COLLECTION
A RARE BLUE AND WHITE CENSER

MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY

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A RARE BLUE AND WHITE CENSER
MING DYNASTY, 16TH CENTURY
The bombé body painted on each side with a recumbent qilin surrounded by clouds, and flanked by a pair of elephant-head handles, all between a band of wan diaper and auspicious emblems on the mouth rim and a band of petal lappets on the spreading foot
11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm.) across handles
Provenance
Yamanaka & Co., 1940s.

Lot Essay

A bombé-form censer with similar decoration was sold in these rooms, 30 March 2005, lot 350.

The shape of this censer and the unusual elephant-head handles can be seen in a censer decorated in polychrome enamels with confronted dragons beneath a painted inscription dating to 1564, illustrated by S.G. Valenstein, The Herzman Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992, p. 91, no. 89.

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