A 'Dehua' 'Marco Polo' censer and cover, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 473. A 'Dehua' 'Marco Polo' censer and cover, China, Kangxi period (1662-1722). Estimate 800/1 200 €. Lot sold 3600 €. Photo Nagel

B. 15 cm. Very slightly chipped

Property from a North German private collection 

NoteCensers of this type have always been associated with Marco Polo, as it was a popular belief in the 19th century that they were brought to Venice by the explorer. A similar censer ascribed to the Kangxi period is illustrated in P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, London, 1969, pl. 16. A closely related example was included in the Exhibition of Te Hua Porcelain, Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 1975, cat. nos 51 and 52 

Nagel. Asian Art, 09.12.2016