20 - 21 March 2014
Property from the Jacob and Mary Stein Collection
A PARCEL-GILT BRONZE CENSER
Of bombé form, the body is chased with a band of mythical animals centered on one side by a phoenix and on the reverse with a lion, below a band of interlocked foliate scroll and above two small stylized masks flanked by stylized birds on the foot, all highlighted by gilding in contrast to the dark ring-punched ground. The pair of handles has a stylized mask at the top, peaches on the sides and a pendent animal head at the bottom. A maker's mark, Yunjian Hu Wenming zhi (made by Hu Wenming of Yunjian), is inscribed in a gilded rectangular cartouche on the base.
7 in. (18 cm.) wide with handles
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York, January 1979.
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Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Collects Oriental Art, 7 March - 28 April 1985.
Cincinnati, Ohio, The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Collects 5000 Years of Chinese Art, 28 February - 20 April 1997, no. 8.
A similar censer is illustrated in The Literati Mode, Sidney Moss, Ltd., London, 1986, p. 293, no. 147.
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