London, South Kensington
9 November 2016
A BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER
The censer is of compressed form and is cast to the rim with two downward-facing dragons whose bodies curve to form the handles. The base is cast with an apocryphal Xuande mark.
14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide
Property from a North American Private Collection.
Christie's New York, 24 March 2011, lot 1445.
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The mark to the base reads Da Ming Xuande wunian jiandu gongbu guanchen Wu Bangzuo zao which can be translated as 'made by the official of the overseers office, Wu Bangzuo, during the fifth year of Xuande of the Great Ming'.
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