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FS39: Two Day Fine Art Sale

A Rare Chinese Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt-bronze Tripod Censer, Ming Dynasty

Auction Lot FS39/607

A rare Chinese cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod censer, Ming Dynasty the globular body with twin arching reeded handles ending with ruyi heads and eight wave pattern bosses below the rim, decorated with a design of four taotie masks amongst scrolling foliage with a band of archaistic dragons above, three large lotus blooms to the underside in green, yellow, blue, brown, white and black enamels on a turquoise ground, on lotus bud cabriole legs, 21cm wide, 16cm high. * This fine censer was purchased at a house sale in Devon circa 1964/65 by the late husband of the present owner. He attended the sale with the intention of buying a Georgian tallboy, which he did, but when viewing saw the censer, liked the colour of the enamels and purchased it for a modest sum. It was used for several years as a plant pot but after being itemised in a late 1970s insurance valuation, was 'upgraded' to a desk tidy for paper clips and pens.

A Rare Chinese Cloisonné Enamel and Gilt-bronze Tripod Censer, Ming Dynasty (FS39/607) offered in our Two Day Fine Art Sale starting on 10th July 2018 at our salerooms in Exeter, Devon.

Lot Description

A rare Chinese cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze tripod censer, Ming Dynasty the globular body with twin arching reeded handles ending with ruyi heads and eight wave pattern bosses below the rim, decorated with a design of four taotie masks amongst scrolling foliage with a band of archaistic dragons above, three large lotus blooms to the underside in green, yellow, blue, brown, white and black enamels on a turquoise ground, on lotus bud cabriole legs, 21cm wide, 16cm high. * This fine censer was purchased at a house sale in Devon circa 1964/65 by the late husband of the present owner. He attended the sale with the intention of buying a Georgian tallboy, which he did, but when viewing saw the censer, liked the colour of the enamels and purchased it for a modest sum. It was used for several years as a plant pot but after being itemised in a late 1970s insurance valuation, was 'upgraded' to a desk tidy for paper clips and pens.

Price Realised

£23,000

Department

Works of Art & Clocks

Fine Art Category

Chinese Metal Wares

Sale Information

FS39: Two Day Fine Art Sale
Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Okehampton Street, Exeter

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