A CLOISONNE ENAMEL AND GILT BRONZE 'DUCK' CENSER AND COVER
MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY
the bird perched on one leg on a lotus bud, the plumage brightly rendered in green, red, yellow, blue and white enamels
Height 29 cm, 11⅜ in.
There are losses to several areas, including to the lower chest and the tail, some of which have been filled with white-coloured paste, some of which have partially flaked off. The edge of the box is slightly bent, and it is tightly fitted with the cover, hence unable to separate and examine the interiors.The left leg is loose. There are also some dent, wear and characteristic pitting throughout, as well as losses to the gilding.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Inventory, 1949, 'A bronze duck' in Mr John Berkeley's Bedroom