A rare and very large finely cast Bronze Censer with Chilong dragon handles. The sides are decorated with a Phoenix and a Ming style Dragon emerging from clouds. Another dragon sits among clouds on the cover. On the base is a sixteen character mark which reads - "Da Ming Xuan De Wu Nian Jian Du Gong Bu Guan Chen Wu Bang Zuo Zao" and translates as "Made in the 5th Year of the Ming Xuande reign (1430) under the supervision of the Official - Wu Bang Zuo from the Craft Ministry." Although this item carries a Ming dating we believe it was made later, probably towards the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). It arrived in the UK circa 1930 having been acquired by the grandfather of a British banker who worked in China as a translator for a British multinational company. Condition - excellent - no damages and no repairs. There is discoloration to the patina in places probably due to exposure to damp.
Size - 33cm long; 29cm wide and 36cm high
Weight - 10.1 Kilograms
清 大型螭龙钮铜香炉 宣德款