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An unusual small embellished gilt-bronze archaistic incense burner Qing dynasty | 清 鎏金銅嵌料石長方熏爐

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An unusual small embellished gilt-bronze archaistic incense burner Qing dynasty | 清 鎏金銅嵌料石長方熏爐

An unusual small embellished gilt-bronze archaistic incense burner Qing dynasty | 清 鎏金銅嵌料石長方熏爐

Property from a European private collection

An unusual embellished gilt-bronze archaistic incense burner

Qing dynasty


in the form of an archaic vessel with crenellated flanges, fangding, supported on four tubular legs, embellished on all sides with coloured glass beads forming a central shou character surrounded by yellow and red bats reserved on a blue ground, beneath a border of gilt bronze leiwen, each leg similarly embellished with a shou medallion, the finial with a ying yang symbol  

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H. 16.6 cm, 6 1/2 in.

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Collection particulière européenne

Petit brûle-parfum en bronze doré avec incrustations de verre teinté, dynastie Qing

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歐洲私人收藏

清 鎏金銅嵌料石長方熏爐

The incense burner is in overall good condition with well preserved inlays. There is a small dent beneath one of the foot. The cover nob is a little loose. Overall a very nice and highly unusual object. 


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Opulently decorated artefacts such as this incense burner epitomises the unique stylistic syncretism that developed in Guangzhou from the mid through the late 18th century and into the 19th century. These visually striking objects, were not merely sophisticated decorative objects but also markers of the unrivaled wealth of the Qing Empire. Together with the well known automaton clocks, perhaps the most extravagant works of art made during the Qing dynasty and often similarly fashioned with coloured glass, the present incense burner likely belongs to this group of sophisticated precious objects made in the southern Guangdong province, as tribute gifts to the Imperial court in Beijing.