Fine Chinese Ming Dynasty Dehua / Blanc de Chine Porcelain Censer (Ex. Museum)
This fine small porcelain censer was made during the latter part of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) at the famous Dehua kilns in Fujian province. The body is particularly translucent and is decorated on opposing sides with moulded lion-head masks.
Diameter 9.25 cm. There is a small chip to the bottom of one of the lion-head masks, possibly caused during manufacture; otherwise it is in fine condition and has no restoration or repair.
This censer bears a museum inventory number “11-1944”. Its full number is actually “BR-11-1944” and it was formally part of The Brooke Robinson Collection of Asian Art formerly housed at Dudley Museum. Brooke Robinson (1836–1911) was a British Conservative Party politician, who was MP for Dudley and held a number of public posts including that of County Coroner for Dudley. He also was an art collector and benefactor whose legacy was the Town Hall and a museum in the town of Dudley. Brooke Robinson left a sum of money as well as his collection of art, furniture, ceramics, and other items for the benefit of the town of Dudley. The money was eventually used to construct the Town Hall, a Coroner's Court and a museum. The museum, known as the Brooke Robinson Museum, opened on 18 May 1931 with, as far as we can tell, the Trustees continuing to acquire pieces to add to the collection.
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