The Property of a Gentleman
An important and extremely rare cloisonné enamel rectangular censer and cover, fangding
Wanli six-character mark and of the period
Of archaistic fangding form, brilliantly enamelled on the longer sides with a central stylised shou medallion flanked by wan symbols and two writhing dragons amidst trailing clouds, the shorter sides with a double-crescent halberd flanked by carp and a pair of camellia flowers, the underside enamelled in red with the six-character mark within a plaque, enclosed on a turquoise ground enamelled with lotus flowers and flamescroll cloisons, the openwork lid with two writhing long-bodied dragons separated by an elaborate flaming pearl finial, all supported on four cabriole legs emanating from intricate lion-masks (enamelling retouched in small areas).
33cm (13in) wide. (2).