A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty
Lot 8103
A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty
Sold for US$ 326,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose Ming dynasty
Lot Details
A rare and important cast bronze incense burner and cover in the shape of a goose
Ming dynasty
Cast with tiny openings on its elongated neck and open bill as it crouches on webbed feet, the curving shafts and barbs of intricately detailed feathers forming symmetrical patterns across the neck and upper body of the cover and repeating on the thighs raised in slight relief from the curving base, the feet attached by tenons to an oval plinth separately cast in the form of a lotus pod trimmed with a row of stamens and overlapping petals.
14 1/2in (37cm) high

Footnotes

  • This lot is closely related to a gilt bronze censer of similar size sold in Christie's, New York Sale 1639, 29 March 2006, lot 320. The Christie's goose censer lacks the attached lotus plinth of this lot; but both display very similar arrangements of feathers on their bodies, extending even to the feather tuft in the form of a ruyi lappet on each forehead. These two censers, in turn, are closely related to a Ming bronze standing duck censer, ascribed to the 14th/15th century, imported from China to Japan and now preserved in the Tokugawa Museum of Art: see the exhibition The Shogun Age Exhibition, Tokyo, 1983, cat. no. 75, illustrated on p. 107. Among other features, the Tokugawa duck shares with the two goose censers a scalloped border that separates the smoothly finished surface of the neck region from the intricately worked layers of feathers across the back. The Tokugawa Museum duck is attached to a rectangular footed plinth instead of the elaborate lotus support of the Bonhams censer; but both are similar in their dark chocolate brown patina.

    For the evolution of bird-shaped vessels in Chinese bronze culture as well as the importance of Ming period bronzes preserved in Japan, see Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, pp. 14-16 and pp. 80-82.
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