A Parcel-Gilt Archaistic Ding Tripod Censer

Bronze Height 17.8 cm (7 in.) China - 17th Century

The censer is of stylised archaic bronze ding form cast with taotie masks in relief between four decorative flanges on top of a dense cash pattern. The vessel is surmounted by a pair of U-shaped loop handles and supported on three long splayed dragon-shaped legs. A thick layer of gilding highlights the raised decoration whilst the rest of the bronze vessel is patinated to a deep russet colour.

A related example decorated in silver and gold inlay of similar shape and dating is illustrated in the National Palace Museum’s publication Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century 古色:十六至十八世紀的仿古風, 2004, p. 136, Catalogue No. III-01.

The Collection of Professor Peter H Plesch and Mrs. Traudi Plesch OBE; Thence by descent, Collection No. Bh18; Purchased from Bluett London in 1959


Maria Kiang Chinese Art

"Chinese Works of Art"

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