A Chinese blanc de Chine censer of bombé form with lipped rim and raised, lipped foot rim, with two lion mask handles with incised manes, covered overall in a rich and even cream glaze, extending to the inner rim, the base with an impressed two character seal mark, An Zhi.
15cm handle to handle.
Late Ming dynasty, Fujian, Dehua province, circa 1630.

*Formerly in an Italian collection.
*Another with an An Zhi mark was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2014, no. 87, p. 115, where it records several other examples.
*A similar example is included by Rose Kerr & John Ayers in Blanc de  Chine, no. 72; another is illustrated in the handbook of the Fujian Provincial Museum, no. 142.

Condition: fine, minute nick to foot and small natural stain above foot rim.


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