Cast with Xuande six character mark. Oval shape with mascaron handles. Decorated with five clawed dragons and phoenix birds chasing the flaming pearl. Around the sides mythical creatures. Length 33 cm. Height 32.5 cm.
One wing broken off, a whiskar missing, wear.
See a related bronze censer sold at Bonhams, Fine Chinese Art, Thursday, May 2015, lot 71,
Compare a similar covered incense burner with design of dragons, phoenix and sea cratrues, illustrated by P. K. Hu, Later Chinese Bronzes, Tha Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert E Kresko Collections, Saint Louis, 2008, pp. 100-101, no. 18.
Also see a related covered rectangular incesnse burner, illustrated by C. Brown and A. Gully, eds China's Renaissance in Bronze: The Robert H. Clague Collection of Later Chinese Bronzes 1100-1900, 1993, p. 111, no 21.