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A Bronze 'Mythical Beast' Incense Burner and Cover, Early Qing Dynasty. Est. HKD 100,000 — 150,000. Lot sold 600,000 HKD (77,418 USD)Photo: Sotheby's

cast in the form of a mythical beast resting on its hindquarters with its head turned sharply to one side looking over its shoulder, the beast fantastically envisaged with armour-like scales, a serrated spine and limbs covered in stylised flames, its mouth wide open in a ferocious expression, the cover solidly cast and modelled as a smaller beast nibbling on a hind leg, the vessel with two apertures along the back of the larger animal, patinated to a rich chocolate-brown colour - height 13.2 cm., 5 1/8  in.

Provenance: Jeremy Mason Oriental Art Ltd., London, 1990s 

Sotheby's. Later Chinese Bronzes From The Collection of Mr And Mrs Gerard Hawthorn. Hong Kong, 03 Dec 2015