Chinese miniature bronze rectangular two-handled censer with sloping shoulder and flat demi-lune handles, the underside with a three-character mark of qin shu lü, companion of qin (musical instrument) and books.

2 ¼ inches, 5.6 cm handle to handle.

Ming/Qing, 17th century.



Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an old English collection.
  • Qin shu lü, is the haoof Wu Bangzuo, a Xuande-period court official in charge of the making of bronze censers. The same mark is on two bronze tripod censers illustrated in Jin yu qing yan: Yang Bingzhen xian sheng zhen cang Ming Qing tong lu, National Museum of History, Taipei, 1996, p. 121, nos. 18 and 19.
  • A miniature gold-splash rectangular censer with the same mark was sold by Christie’s New York in their auction of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 18th-19th March 2021, lot 910.