See two closely related cylindrical incense burners bearing the mark of the famous Ming dynasty metalworker Hu Wenming, illustrated in Gerard Tsang and Hugh Moss, 'Chinese Metalwork of the Hu Wenming Group', International Asian Antiques Fair, Hong Kong, 1984, p. 48, pls. 12 and 13. For detailed information on the work of Hu see ibid., pp. 33-68. Compare also a censer sold at Christie's London, 14/17th June 1985, lot 397; and one published in Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, pl. 51-3, of similar shape and signed by Hu Wenming but decorated with figures in landscape.