A Very Rare Gemstones Inlaid ‘Elephant’ Bronze Incense Burner, Late Ming Dynasty, 16th/17th Century
明晚期 16/17世紀 銅嵌寶石象形香燻
The heavily cast Buddhist elephant standing squarely with the head turned to the left to look backwards, back with incised saddle supporting a reticulated lotus cover
height 10.2" — 26 cm.
A very similar mythical beast censer from the Collection of Ulrich Hausmann was sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 8, 2014, lot 3357
For a 19th century example, see Christie’s New York, September 16, 2010, lot 1024
Estate of renowned American artist, Mr. Ronald K. Shepherd (1951-2015)
Mr. Shepherd was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended high school in Cocoa, Florida. After graduating, he enrolled in Tulsa University where he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. He also went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. Whether collecting it or creating it, art was Mr. Shepherd’s passion. He acquired an extensive collection of fine art through auctions and travels abroad, including Chinese bronzes, rare furniture and coins. He was also an accomplished fine artist, creating works of pottery, pencil drawings and wood sculptures.
Department: Asian Art
Wares: Incense Burner