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Lot 341
Ming/Qing Dynasty
29 May 2023, 13:00 HKT
Hong Kong, Admiralty

Sold for HK$102,400 inc. premium

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Ming/Qing Dynasty
The animal-form cast standing four-square, swirls of qi covering the beast's body, a tasseled collar with a bell hanging at the chest, the lion's upturned head framed by a thick, curly mane forming the cover and attached by a hinge.
11.5cm (4 1/2in) high


明/清 銅鎏金甪端香爐

Incense burners of this type were modelled to allow the smoke of the burning incense to emerge from the beast's mouth, giving the impression of a living creature breathing smoke. See a closely related gilt bronze incense burner in the form of a mythical beast, from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat collection, illustrated in Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, pp.240-241, no.232, later sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 April 2014, lot 233.

此類薰爐焚香時,香氳自獸口湧出,甪端如生,吐納自若,設計巧妙,頗見匠心。水松石山房舊藏一件銅鎏金甪端香爐可資比較,鑄宣德年款於頸環,見《Arts from the Scholar's Studio》,香港,1986年,頁240-241,編號232,2014年4月8日售於香港蘇富比,拍品233。

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