A monumental Imperial incense burner and cover
The monumental censer resting on three separately-cast curving legs with rounded feet each protuding from the jaws of a grinning mythical lion with rows of teeth and fangs beneath a bulbous nose, bulging eyes and tightly curling eyebrows, the rounded body of the censer superbly enamelled with three rows of regular lotus scrolls alternating red, yellow, white and blue blossoms on a turquoise ground, beneath a waisted neck and stepped rim with smaller bands of lotus scrolls, the body flanked on each side with a tall confidently-flaring handle supported in a cylindrical reticulated drum, the handle and support also with lotus scrolls, the censer surmounted by an unusually ornate and majestic domed cover formed as four downward-pointing ruyi-heads filled with lotus scroll on a ground of reticulated gilt cloud scrolls containing a single blossoming lotus, all beneath another band of lotus scroll surmounted by a magnificent finial shaped as a five-clawed gilt-bronze dragon coiling through reticulated cloud scrolls and encircling a flaming pearl above mythical mountains, the head forming the top of the finial with a roaring mouth and bulging eyes between long swirling whiskers, large wood stand. 161cm (63 3/8in) high, 133cm (52 3/8in) wide (8).
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