Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall
30 May 2012
AN INSCRIBED BRONZE CENSER AND COVER
LATE MING/EARLY QING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
The censer is cast with straight sides rising to a slightly flared rim flanked by phoenix-head handles, and standing on a cylindrical foot surrounded by lappets. The exterior is faceted into twelve upright petals enclosing dragons and chilongs one of which bearing a twelve-character inscription. The cover is pierced with cranes amid ruyi clouds, surmounted by a cylindrical finial formed as a lotus pod.
5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) high, box
Sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 27 April 1993, lot 260
Bonhams Hong Kong, 22 May 2009, lot 1113
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The inscription reads 'Made under the supervision of Wu Qizuo from the Ministry of Works in the fifth year of Xuande'.
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