Gilt bronze duck incense burner makes $3.7m at Sotheby's

paulfrasercollectibles

2015-06-26 13:40:58

.

Gilt bronze duck incense burner makes $3.7m at Sotheby's

The gilt bronze duck incense burner carries a Xuande reign mark

A gilt bronze duck incense burner achieved $3.7m in a sale of Chinese bronzes at Sotheby's Hong Kong on April 8.

The exceptionally well cast lot carries a Xuande reign mark that dates it to between 1426 and 1435.

gilt bronze duckThe duck dates to the reign of the 15th century Xuande emperor

It's one of a number of duck-form censers produced during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644).

Contemporary poet Zhu Youdun wrote in his One Hundred Lyric Poems of the Yuan Court: "The gold duck burns the remaining midnight fragrance. Only then do the ladies of the imperial family try on the Yue-weave skirts."

If you'd like to learn more about collectibles you can sign up here for our free newsletter.

Share on social media
Write a response...





The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.

COLLECT IT!

Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.