Ming dynasty Heavily cast with an ovoid shaped body ending in a flared rim, decorated on each side with a pair of winged pegasus flanking a stylised flower, beneath a series of downward pendants and alternating keyfret borders and bands of pointed tips, the top with two moths separated by a cloud scroll handle. 18.8cm high.
See a bronze cast and chased bell bearing Hu Wenming mark dated to the Ming dynasty, illustrated by R.H. Blumenfield, Blanc de Chine. The Great Porcelain of Dehua, New York, 1993, p.104, pl.D. The illustrated example is identical to the current lot, except the handle is that of a double-headed serpent.
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