Lot 2. A parcel-gilt bronze incense burner, gui, by Hu Wenming, Ming dynasty, 17th century; 14.7 cm, 5 3/4 in. Estimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKD. Lot sold Lot Sold 112,500 HKD (14,385 USD). © Sotheby's.
the compressed body surmounted by a pair of mythical animal heads issuing loop handles, chased in relief with a band of auspicious emblems, the base incised with Yunjian Hu Wenming zhi (made by Hu Wenming of Yunjian) within a rectangular gilt panel.
Provenance: Collection of Emil Hultmark (1872-1943), and thence by descent in the family.
Note: Hu Wenming from Songjiang, Jiangsu province, was one of the most accomplished master metalworkers of the late Ming period, who specialised in the production of gilt-metal vessels for the scholar's desk.
Other closely related incense burners of gui form by Hu Wenming have been sold in these rooms, one from the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat collection, 8th April 2014, lot 240, the other from the collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn, 3rd December 2015, lot 79. They share the same archaistic gui form, skilful use of chased and beaten registers of decoration and are flanked by similar taotie mask handles.
Sotheby's. Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of Emil Hultmark, Hong Kong, 29 nov. 2018, 10:00 AM