Blue and white two handled tripod incense burner painted in a continuous mountain river scene, each side with two fisherman in boats heading towards viewing pavilions with a willow amongst rockwork beneath further viewing pavilions at the shoulder, birds in flight amongst stylised clouds and the moon, the interior of the handle painted with a yang symbol of three unbroken lines, the exterior of the handles with a single line beneath a dot, covered overall in a rich blue tinged glaze continuing on the interior, the rim and feet with mushikui.
5 1/2 inches, 14 cm diameter.
Chongzhen, circa 1630.
Japanese wood box.
Gilt metal openwork cover.
- No other incense burner of this type appears recorded.
- Included by Marchant in their 2008 exhibition, Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market, Ko-sometsuke & ko-akai, no. 47, p.90-91.