A blue and white incense burner

Ming dynasty, 15th century

The censer is of compressed barrel shape supported on three cabriole feet. The exterior is painted with two Makara-dragons below a border of flames beneath the rim. The unglazed base and interior are burned orange during the firing. 

8 cm high

Provenance:

Sotheby’s Amsterdam, 27 October 1993, lot 10
Formerly in the collection of Robert Suermont

The decoration on this censer is unusual and no other censer with this decoration seems to be known. A censer of this form but decorated with flowers, from the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, is illustrated in The Museum of East Asian Art – Inaugural Exhibition – Volume 1 Chinese Ceramics, Bath, 1993, pl. 145. For a further example decorated with birds, formerly in the collection of F. Brodie Lodge, see Sotheby’s London, 20 June 2001, lot 119.


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