Extraordinary Chinese Ming Dynasty Period porcelain tripod censer.
Molded into a globular body with two long S-Shaped handles broadly elevated from the shoulders. The exterior delicately decorated in blue underglazed with The Four Gentlemen, also called the Four Noble Ones, in Chinese art refer to four plants: the plum, the orchid, the bamboo, and the chrysanthemum over clean white underglazed ground. Banded on rim and handles with honey-comb patterns. The wooden dome lid open-work pierced in scrolling twigs motif, crowned with a Lingzhi motif jade finial.
The colors are harmonious, elegant and exquisite. The whole piece is raised up on three cabriole legs. Presented comfortably stood on elaborately carved hardwood formed triple interlocking Ruyi motif.
Dimensions: 14-1/4" H x 10-1/2"W
Stand: 2-3/8" H
From The Private Collections of Jean-Pierre Bradley. This special group of items were bought from an estate sale, the consignors were told that these items came from the first wife (pictured) of Jean-Pierre Bradley. Born in France and left in 1936 to become a long time resident from Georgia. A graduate of MIT in Electrical engineering was recruited to be involved in the initial planning of the first US ICBM. Throughout his life he had the opportunity to travel extensively . His travels led him to many foreign countries where he would buy treasures for his beloved wife. These items are believed to be a small part of the treasures he invested in. The Jean-Pierre Bradley's collections can be found from Lot-133 through Lot-174.