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A parcel-gilt bronze incense burner, gui. Early 17th century, attributed to Hu Wenming. Photo Bonhams.

The middle decorative band with six mythical beasts, including a phoenix and fish-dragon, highlighted in gilding against a wave ground, between a band at the rim with stylised phoenix and taotie, and a scrolling quatrefoil band at the foot, the applied loop handles cast with monsters. 12.4cm (5 7/8in) diam. Estimate £10,000 - 15,000 (€12,000 - 18,000)

Bonhams. ASIAN DECORATIVE ARTS. 4 Mar 2014, San Francisco - www.bonhams.com