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A faux ‘archaic bronze’ porcelain censer and cover of gui shape, 18th-19th century. Estimate £3,000 – £5,000 ($4,791 – $7,985). Price Realized  £3,750 ($5,989). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The censer is modelled in the archaic style with a pair of dragon-head handles and the sides with two pairs of confronting stylised dragons on a geometrical ground. The censer is fitted with a white-glazed bowl. The slightly domed cover has a band of classical scroll, is surmounted by a flower-bud finial and is incised with a three-character mark. The interior of the censer is covered in a white glaze and the interior of the cover in a turquoise glaze. 8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm.) high

Provenance: A European Private Collection, assembled between 1960s and 1990s.

Christie’s. CHINESE CERAMICS, WORKS OF ART AND TEXTILES PART I, 4 November 2014, London, South Kensington