An Imperial Blue and White Two-Handled Bombe Censer

Ming Dynasty, Jiajing six-character mark and of the period

Approx. 9 inches across handles


Painted on each side with confronted five-clawed dragons contesting a central flaming pearl above breaking waves and rockwork, the spreading foot with scrolling foliage, the rim with a diaper band, the loop handles with molded dragon-heads.

For another Jiajing blue and white dragon censor from the Qing Court Collection, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Blue and White Porcelain, Vol. 35, Hong Kong, 2009, p.120, pl. 110.