China, 1368-1644. Finely worked, the duck with the head turned to the right, lotus stems in its mouth bearing blossoms and leaves cast in high relief on its body, the legs with webbed feet tucked up under the body, incised with richly detailed plumage, wings, and tail. The open worked cover on the back of the duck in the form of lotus pods, leaves, and flowers borne on twisting stems. The back of the tail cut with a cash-patterned opening.
Provenance: From a private collection in the Cotswolds, United Kingdom.
Condition: Good condition with expected ancient wear and some casting flaws, a few tiny losses, small nicks and dents, light scratches. The bronze is covered overall in a rich, naturally grown, dark patina.
Weight: 3,256 g
Dimensions: Length 22.8 cm