Property from Various Owners
Two cast bronze vessels
Xuande marks, 18th/19th century
The first a tripod censer raised upon three feet elaborately cast as tusked elephant heads, the body of waisted section encircled by three concentric lines below the square sectioned mouth rim supporting two vertically arching handles rendered as twisted rope, the underside bearing the impressed six-character mark in standard script, now surmounted by a possibly later fitted wood lid centered by an agate finial; the second, of beggar's bowl or inverted pear section, supporting four cast beast head ring handles to the shoulders separated by raised relief decoration forming archaistic calligraphy reading wan shou wu jiang, the flat base bearing the two-character mark in similar calligraphic style.
7 1/4 and 3 1/4in (18.4 and 8.5cm) high