Rare Bronze Ritual Censer Cover, Fu, Qianlong Mark, 18th Century
With superb relief casting of wave designs on the cover flanges and relief of archaistic facing dragons creating taotie masks on the sides and small rounded handles
3.5" x 10.4" x 8.3" — 9 x 26.5 x 21 cm.
interior cast with six-character Qianlong mark
Compare with its porcelain version in Christies South Kensington, May 13 2011, Lot 1224. Although the porcelain versions in the ritual colours are fairly common, bronze versions of this vessel are rarely seen outside of museum collections.
Lots 270 to 280: A Private Toronto Collection of Chinese Bronzes