Lot 1314. A parcel-gilt bronze tripod censer, Wanli period, circa 1600; 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 16,250© Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

Cast in low relief with a band of flowers including prunus, magnolia, peony, lotus and chrysanthemum gilded and reserved on a diaper ground between bands of silver-inlaid key fret, raised on three gilt butterfly supports and with a gilt rectangular cartouche engraved Yunjian Hu Wenming zhi on the base.

NoteCompare the related censer raised on similar supports and with the same mark, similarly cast with a band of different flowers on a diaper ground between similar borders illustrated by P. Moss, The Literati Mode, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1986, p. 290, no. 144, where the censer is dated Wanli period, c. 1600. See, also, the similar censer sold in these rooms, 22 March 2007, lot 197.  

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza