The cylindrical censer stands on three short cabriole legs and has slightly flaring sides. It is painted around the exterior in a soft blue tone with peony blooms borne on curled leafy stems, below a raised band and floral scrolls.
Literature: Mingchu Taoci Tujian, Tokyo, 1948, no. 24
The form of the current censer derives from an archaic bronze prototype, lian. Compare a blue and white bowl in the Topkapi Museum, Istanbul, which has similar peony scrolls painted around the exterior, as well as a smaller tripod censer dated to the Xuande reign (1426-1435) with a six character imperial mark in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei (link)