4 November 1996
AN UNUSUAL GILT-SPLASHED BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER
XUANDE FOUR-CHARACTER MARK, 17TH CENTURY
The globular body resting on three stout feet, the shoulder slightly raised and waisted beneath the flat rim applied with a pair of curving loop handles, the seal mark within a rectangular recessed panel at the base, the warm golden-brown patina with irregular gold splashes (minor nicks to rim and one foot and minor old repair to body)
7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) diam.
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Cf. a censer of similar form with irregular splashes of gilt impressed with a two-character Xuande mark, included in the exhibition by Spink and Son, Ltd.,The Minor Arts of China, III, 1987, Catalogue, no. 72.
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