|17th c ‘Xuande’ Bronze Censer (LMB051602)|
Late Ming – early Qing dynasty
Diameter of opening: 12.7 cm / 5 in
Length (handle to handle): 17.5 cm / 6.9 in
Height: 8.3 cm / 3.3 in
Weight: 1118.6 grams (1.1 kg)
From a Denver, Pennsylvania estate
A rare and beautiful 17th century bronze censer, of a proportionally pleasing form with a compressed bulging body raised on a flared foot, with the rim everted and the handles casted as twin Buddhist lion heads. The base is marked with a six character Ming Xuande mark. The natural patina of this censer is especially gorgeous due to its glossy shine and almost mysterious layers of colors.
For similar censers, see Christie’s Sale 2875 lot 419, Christie’s Sale 4012 lot 482, and Sotheby’s Sale n09192 lot 578.