A beautiful small censer of compressed bulbous form, the wide mouthed shallow bowl with an incurving lipped rim. The body supported on three short legs and covered inside and out with a pale thick crackled Ge glaze skillfully stained with black and gold pigment. Only a circular area between the feet showing the porcelain body burnt brown in the firing.
Eighteenth century Geyao in imitation of Song Ge wares was produced in varied shapes mostly based on archaic bronze forms. This glaze was immensely popular and was particularly associated with the Qianlong Imperial kiln. The Qianlong Emperor's love for all things archaic led to the re-creation of many of the old glazes and forms produced in the past.
This censer is a superb example of high-quality 18th century wares produced during the Qianlog reign, and would have been a treasured item for a scholar's desk.
Qing dynasty, Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Width: 4-5/8"; Height: 2-1/8"
Condition: Excellent original condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. One original small glaze pull to the interior.