17 - 18 September 2015
A BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER
The censer has a compressed body raised on three integral conical feet, and a pair of open handles that sweep upward from the rim. The underside is cast with a four-character seal, Yutang zhenwan ('precious plaything of the Jade Hall').
5 ½ in. (14 cm.) wide
The K'ung Hsiang-Hsi (Kong Xiangxi, 1881-1967) Collection, New York, and thence by descent within the family.
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