17 - 18 September 2015
A RARE JAPANESE CARVED CORAL TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER
The censer is finely carved around the sides with four archaistic dragons writhing amidst scrolling clouds, beneath a key-fret border which encircles the mouth rim. The three legs are carved with leaf tips and each is encircled by a bat with outstretched wings. The cover is well-carved with a ferocious three-clawed dragon clutching a flaming pearl. The underside is carved with the inscription Kando saku (made by Kando).
5 ¼ in. (13.3 cm.) high
The K'ung Hsiang-Hsi (Kong Xiangxi, 1881-1967) Collection, New York, and thence by descent within the family.
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