A BRONZE ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER AND A MATCHED STAND | YUAN DYNASTY | 元 銅繩耳獸足爐配底座
A BRONZE ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD CENSER AND A LATER STAND
with 'rope' handles at the rim, decorated in relief on the body with key-fret patterns, above three legs with taotie masks, the matched stand with openwork dragons surrounded by panels of the Ba Gua
Diameter 16.5 cm, 6½ in.
直徑 16.5 公分，6½英寸
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There is a chip, measuring approximately 20mm x 3mm at its largest, on the underside of the mouth rim, extensive old scratching to the underside of the censer, a small area of repair / 'plug' to the centre of the base (measuring 10mm diameter). There are traces of adhesive on the interior of the censer, where one leg has been restored.
It is quite likely that the base was originally integral to the censer but they have been separated. Holes have been drilled into the base and there are small bosses to the base of each foot, to allow the legs to fit to the stand.
The surface of the base is quite rough and there is extensive verdigris to the underside.
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