This imposing and brilliantly enamelled yellow-ground incense burner was most likely the centrepiece for a five-piece altar garniture, flanked by a pair of candlesticks and gu
vases. Of ding
form, based on the shape of archaic ritual vessels of the Shang dynasty, its cauldron-like shape supported on three curved legs reflect the predilection in the Qing dynasty for vessels in the form of archaic bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties. Although altar wares could be manufactured in a variety of materials and interpretations of the floral scroll motif, the original profile of the archaic models was retained.
A smaller yellow-ground incense burner of this form was sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3715.