17th or 18th century bronze ‘dragon’ censer and original stand, with Xuande four-character mark – estimated at £8000-12,000 at Dreweatts.

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Unusually large at just under 12in (29cm) across, and with a well-preserved patina, Dreweatts believes it would have been displayed in the study room of a Qing imperial family member.

It comes with provenance, coming by family descent to the current owner from HG Lowder, who worked for the Chinese Customs Service in the 1920s.