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Chinese Bronze Censer with Loop Handles and Inscription 19th C

Chinese Bronze Censer with Loop Handles and Inscription 19th C

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1380318

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A heavy, well used antique censer that was brought out of China 70 years ago. The fact that it was repaired shows how precious the censer was for a past owner.

A heavy round bronze vessel with loop handles on each side and three round pointed peg feet that has seen much use. The interior is blackened and has a rectangular repair patch. The bronze was over cleaned at some point but has started to regain its patina. There are dark spots and the golden color has darkened.

There is a well-cast mark on the base with 16 characters. It’s deep and sharp. I picked out some of the characters such as “great”, “writing” and “literature”.

PROVENANCE: This censer was acquired in China and brought to the US over 70 years ago.

5 7/8” (14.9 cm) wide x 5 ¼” (13.3 cm) diameter x 4” (10.2 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 15.3 oz (885 g)

The inside was patched and there is a small ½” long abrasion around the belly were the finish is a bit lighter. Otherwise there are no other breaks, cracks, or dents.

A very old, heavy, bronze censer that can still be used today.