A bronze incense burner
Late Ming dynasty
Length: 6 3/4 in, 17.2 cm
Of narcissus-bowl form, the sides of the oval-section vessel, supported on four cloud-shaped feet, flare from a raised band around the base. Two handles, each in the form of a single-horned dragon, rise from the rim. The base is cast with an apocryphal Xuande mark. The bronze is a reddish-brown colour.
For similar examples, see He, Ming Qing Xuande Lu, no. 138, p. 243; and Lin, Chinese Incense Burners: Collection of Steven Hung & Lindy Chern, no. 75, p. 105.
Note also a detail from the Scroll of Antiquities (no. 6), dated 1728, in the Sir Percival David collection at the British Museum, in McCausland, “The Emperor’s Old Toys: Rethinking the Yongzheng (1723–35) Scroll of Antiquities in the Percival David Foundation”, fig. 4, which shows a very similar censer.