A large and heavy Chinese gold splash bronze tripod censer with upright openwork handles, slightly waisted neck and rounded flat rim, covered with bright gold splashes on its untouched ground.

6 ½ inches, 16.5 cm handle to handle.

The underside with an archaic style recessed relief mark of Xuande, Ming Dynasty, 16/17th century.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an important English private collection, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, included in the 1960’s inventory by repute.
  • A related gold splash censer of similar form bearing a six-character mark of Xuande is illustrated by Steven Hung and Lindy Chern in Chinese Incense Burners, National Museum of History, Taipei, no. 120, 147.
  • A similar gold splash censer was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Ceramics, Jades and Works of Art, 6th December 1994, lot 33.