Unusual 19th century (can be 18th century as is often a case with Chinese pewter) Chinese pewter altar vase for holding incense sticks, inlaid with brass on one side with three tiers depicting (from bottom towards the top): 1. Lotus leaves and bud issuing from a pond, 2. A deep with a flaming roundel above it, 3. Three birds on a gnarled flowering prunus tree issuing from rocks. Vertical sides of all the flanges are inlaid with brass as well. Excellent quality precise work with great wealth of details (does not photograph well). Wonderful piece in great condition for such an old object made out of relatively soft material. Wonderful object for scholar’s desk. Height 9 7/8 inches.