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*SOLD* 4. A BLUE AND WHITE ‘LION’ INCENSE BURNER, KOGO MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD, (1621-1627)

明天啟 青花獅子香爐

The cover modelled as a lion seated with its head turned to the left, decorated in the fukizumi ink blown technique, the base painted with panels of flowers reserved on a blue ground, Japanese wood box 

Height: 14.6cm 

Provenance: Purchased in Kyoto, 2014.

For a larger incense burner of similar design, but with its left front leg resting on a brocade ball, please see Butler, Sir Michael, Medley, Margaret, and Little, Stephen, Seventeenth Century Chinese Porcelain from the Butler Family Collection, 1990, p. 43, pl. 7. This design of a lion standing erect may have been inspired by designs in Ink Garden of the Cheng Family, p. 8.

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