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10. A BLUE AND WHITE INCENSE BURNER, KORO, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD (1621-1627)

明天啟 青花祥瑞紋香爐

Of cylindrical form, the straight sides rising from a short tapering foot to a flat rim, painted with four panels of diaper, comprising square spirals, interlocking circles, square diaper with foliage and rounded spirals, all below a thin band of trellis at the rim, the upper surface of the rim painted with a chevron pattern and with a pierced silver cover, Japanese wood box

Height: 5.3cm

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2014; Mujintang Collection.

For a similar similar incense burner on a varied diaper ground, but with the addition of circular panels of birds and tree branches, please see S. Marchant & Son, Ming Porcelain for the Japanese Market, Kosometsuke & Koake, London, 2008, p.58, pl 28. 

 

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