Bronze reticulated square incense box and stand
China, 17th century
A bronze incense box and cover of square format, supported on a base with a concave centre, which in turn is supported by four ruyi-shaped feet at the corners. The box has eight reticulated panels on the sides. The larger panels have a decoration of lotus flowers, the smaller panels have diaper and linked coin patterns. The slightly domed cover has the remains of floral engraving. The bronze is patinated a dark chocolate colour.
Provenance: Hugh Gordon Lauder (1888 – 1978) who worked for the Chinese Maritime Customs from 1908 – 1914 and from 1918 – 1940.