15 September 2011
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PHILIP WOOD, SAN FRANCISCO
A PAIR OF UNUSUAL DATED DEDICATORY BRONZE HANGING CENSERS
DATED TO THE 12TH YEAR OF DAOGUANG, CORRESPONDING TO 1833, AND OF THE PERIOD (1821-1850)
Each made in the shape of a hanging hexagonal basket, with key fret borders and an openwork upright rim of wan diaper rim surrounding a platform with central opening fitted with a cover with foliate cutouts on the sides and surmounted by a pomegranate and peach with openings for the release of smoke, flanked by two arched rings to which the angular arched handle is hooked, each with a dedicatory inscription, one inscription dated, 'made during the 12th year of Daoguang, in the first month of spring on an auspicous day'
15½ in. (39.5 cm.) high with handle (2)
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The inscriptions indicate that the censers were 'presented by grateful disciples Liu Kuiduan and Li Zhenfu.'
The handles can be removed so that the censers can also be used in a stationary fashion.
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