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Chinese Porcelain Censer Scholarâs Scenes Hardwood Lid 19th Century

Chinese Porcelain Censer Scholar’s Scenes Hardwood Lid 19th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1380354

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A round porcelain open mouthed container with paired foo lion handles for use as a censor. The piece has two scenes of scholars in a garden that were finely painted with expert attention to detail. The designs are done in reds, blues, greens, roses, and yellow. With black used to outline and accent. The glaze is thick and stops above the foot. Gold has been used on the handles for richness and effect. The censor has a rosewood pierced lid carved in the shape of ruyi lappets, that fits the base perfectly.

The clay is highly refined, and the mouth rim and foot ring feel so smooth and soft. Many hours were probably spent just refining the clay. The mouth rim and foot ring are not glazed but the base is glazed. You can see the potter’s wheel marks on the clay.

There are no porcelain marks. There is an old import sticker on the censor base and a matching red and white sticker on the lid underside. Someone has written “Made in China” in black ink on the lid sticker.

5” (12.7 cm) diameter x 3 ½” (8.9 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 2.2 oz (515 g)

There are no chips, cracks, or breaks on either the censor or lid. There is wear to the gilding on the lion handles. The glazes are fresh and bright.

A refined scholar’s object to be contemplated and used. I can see this censor as one of the accoutrements on the scholar’s desk. A work of art, so finely painted and potted.+