From our Chinese Blue and White Collection, and in honor of the Chinese New Year / Year of the Dragon, we are pleased to offer this large and unusual, five-clawed dragon decorated Shu-family memorial censer, inscribed and dated to the twenty-third year of the Republic (1934), with the "min guo er shi san nian" date appearing on the right side of the ancestral temple, and a family dedication from Shu family descendants appearing to the left. Flanking the ancestral temple on each side are two well-drawn and very animated five-clawed dragons, each suspended amidst flames and ruyi-shaped cloud motifs above a churning sea. Overall, the composition is well-balanced between the use of strong cobalt blues and good use of negative space (white areas). A very interesting and unusual porcelain censer.
Size and Condition: 10 3/8 inches in diameter, 7 7/8 inches tall. Perfect condition.