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Tibetan turquoise censer. A very rare Chinese handcrafted censer carved in a semi precious stone Tibetan Very finely carved with dragons and Buddhist lions,quality and style of the carving suggest that it is a Chinese creation of the 18th century. The use of a Tibetan turquoise stone for an object of such volume is surprising and unique. Indeed, Tibetan turquoise has the particularity of being studded with other white and grey minerals which gives it a unique charm but which represents an uncertainty for the finalization of the sculptor's work, as stains can occur in inappropriate places and compromise the whole work.Moreover the difference of hardness of the 3 rocks in presence complicates the work of the sculptor.
One of the 4 rings on the lid is missing. It has been restored by the Japanese technique of Kintsugi (we do not hide the accidents of a precious object but we mark them with gold lacquer to underline its long venerable life).
The carving is precise, elegant and vigorous, with no flaws or clumsiness. This great quality as well as the use of Tibetan Turquoise make me think of an early Tsing dating before 1800. It will only be later that the turquoise with homogeneous colors of export from Australia or elsewhere whose market is invaded. We have read that in the 18th century a simple turquoise bead from Tibet without any defect was worth a fortune.
Width about 17cm.
Good condition. Kintsugi restoration: one complete ring and a small part of another ring replaced (visible on picture).
Note that it's an exceptionnal items.