Chinese gold-splashed bronze large censer and cover of gui form, the bulbous body of ovoid shape with qilin dragon handles, their bodies incised with markings, all on four cabriole feet, the openwork cover with flowerheads and scrolling foliage surmounted by a Buddhist lion finial, his left paw raised holding a ruyi-head, the underside with a six-character mark of Xuande recessed and in relief within a rectangle.

10 inches, 25.5 cm handle to handle; 9 3/8 inches, 23.8 cm high.

17th century.


One ear on the dragon handle restored.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Formerly in a Scottish private collection and in the same family since the 1950’s and thence by descent.