Description: A CHINESE GOLD-SPLASHED BRONZE TRIPOD LOOP-HANDLED CENSER. Qing Dynasty, 18th Century. With a compressed globular body raised on three short cabriole legs, the rim surmounted by flared upright loop handles, the exterior freely decorated with gold splashes, the base with an apocryphal Xuande mark in seal script, 13.5cm H. Provenance: Acquired from Mallet & Son London, 5 October 1945. ? 18?? ??????? Literature: The striking and stylish form of the present vessel mirrors a handful of other published examples. A bronze vase, lacking embellishment in gold splash but of identical form and with a similar two-character seal mark to base was exhibited as Selected Bronze Censers of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Tianjin Museum, 2015, cat no 241, p 265. Perhaps more intriguing is a cloisonné enamel censer of similar form and proportions in the collection of the Palace Museum Beijing, illustrated as Compendium Collections in the Palace Museum: Enamels, volume II, cat no 202, p 252. This piece has a carved Qianlong mark to the base and is of the period providing a basis for dating bronzes of this type. A more closely related piece to the present censer is illustrated in the Minor Arts of China, volume IV, cat no 75, p 62.
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