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Chinese “Immortals” Incense Stick Holder Yuan Ming

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1700: Item # 1307011

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A fine Chinese cast bronze incense holder with the figures of four Daoist Immortals each standing on and holding an attribute, as they sail across the sea to the Isles of the Immortals. The holder appears to have been cast in several parts, the main tubular body in one part attached to the separately cast tripod base by three vertical soldered tabs extending from the short cabriole legs. The holder is in unusually good and complete condition with its original integral drum form tripod stand, which adds considerably to the objects aesthetic appeal. The dragon handles and the Figures appear to have been separately cast and attached by lead solder to the body. A nearly identical example is illustrated in Littleton and Hennessy’s “The Art of Scent” catalogue No 10, there dated as Yuan. See also no 88 Michel Maucer “Bronzes de la Chine Imperiale des Song aux Qing, Paris 2013, there dated Ming 16th century. The holder measures approximately 23cm high to the tip of its handles. The top excluding its handles measures 8cm the base ring 11cm. The bronze is in good condition the only fault of note are the holes to the underside of the base of the stand, but this may well be an original casting flaw. Additional images on request. Shipping at Cost.