Subject:Re: bronze signature
Posted By: Bill H Sun, May 26, 2019
You've shown the mark resting on it lefthand side. It should be arranged to be read down and across in three stacks from its righthand side as "Da Ming, Xuan De, Nian Zhi - Made during the Xuande Reign of the Great Ming Dynasty":
Further, the vase is revealed not to be of the period by the second character of the Xuande name, which was only 14 strokes in such Ming usage. See the period version below:
In addition to having been used in Ming imperial names, this de/徳 character is also the modern variant used in Japan.
Can't say much more about your censer, since most of it remains unseen.