A large tripod bronze censer with pierced cover
The globular body decorated with taotie masks and other archaistic motifs; the two handles shaped as mythological animals, and the reticulated domed cover with a Buddhistic lion, or other mythological animal, finial. 65cm (about 25½in) high (2).
- Please note that this lot should be dated to the Ming Dynasty.
The Provenance should read:
The Property of a Gentleman. Formerly in the Leong family's private Collection, U.S.A. and acquired by them during the 1930's. The Leong family were the founders of F Suie One Company, the first importers of Chinese Art into the U.S.A.
Exhibited at the Smithsonian in 2001.