A Gilt-splashed Bronze Tripod Censer

Qing Dynasty, Cast Xuande Mark, 17th/18th Century

6 1/2 inches across, wood cover


Of circular bombe shape, the rounded body supported on short legs cast with ruyi-heads, a double bow-band below six evenly-spaced whorl-decorated bosses below the short everted rim, the bronze with a dark patina and random gilt-splashes

For another Xuande-marked larger censer of similar bombe form and also displaying relief decoration on the short supporting legs, see Philip K. Hu, Later Chinese Bronzes, The Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert E. Kresko Collections, Saint Louis, 2008, pp. 78-81, No. 14. It is dated to the seventeenth century.