Chinese 17th Century Dehua / Blanc de Chine Porcelain Lion-Mask Censer
This censer was made in the 17th century (c. 1650 - 1700) at the famous Dehua kilns in Fujian province. It is "heavily-potted", the outer surface and inner mouth coated in an ivory-coloured glaze. The inner surface and base remain unglazed.
Diameter 15 cm. There are a couple of firing fissures to the thickly-cut foot, no doubt caused during firing due to the thickness of the clay. There is a small filled chip to the rim edge. Such censers were made to be used and most known examples do indeed have some degree of damage, usually to the rim: overall, this is a good example.
For reference: almost identical examples are illustrated and described in the fine book "Blanc De Chine" by P. J. Donnelly.
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