An exceptional and rare pair of bronze 'dragon' tripod censers, Marks and period of Qianlong | 清乾隆 銅雲龍戲珠紋朝冠耳三足爐一對 《大清乾隆年造》款
Property from the Estate of June Ruth Kerman
An exceptional and rare pair of bronze 'dragon' tripod censers
Marks and period of Qianlong
清乾隆 銅雲龍戲珠紋朝冠耳三足爐一對 《大清乾隆年造》款
each globular body resting on three cabriole legs issuing from ferocious beast masks and rising to a recessed neck and galleried rim, the shoulder set with a pair of pierced S-curve handles, the body crisply cast in high relief with two pairs of dragons each contesting a 'flaming pearl' surrounded by flame wisps and lingzhi-shaped clouds, the motif repeated at the handles, the shoulder with a ruyi collar beneath a band of florets encircling the neck, the exterior of the rim cast with an archaistic kuilong scroll between two keyfret borders and centering a six-character horizontal mark within a rectangular cartouche, metal rim liners (4)
Width across handles 11¼ in., 28.5 cm
In overall good condition. Minor nicks and dents to the surface, consistent with the type. Some minor casting flaws to the bottom of the feet. The handles are cast separately and are secured with nails from the interior.
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Collection of Garret Kerman (1925-2012), acquired in Asia prior to 1957, and thence by descent.
Garret Kerman (1925-2012) 收藏，1957年之前得於亞洲，此後家族傳承