An Imperial fine and rare cloisonné enamel and gilt-bronze incense burner and tiered stand
Cast Qianlong four-character mark and of the period
Formed in three parts, the centre as a globular bowl cast in crisp high relief with monks praying and attending a Buddhist image, accompanying a figure of a Buddha on an elephant, and surrounded by auspicious animals, an incense burner at one side issuing plumes of smoke, all on a pale turquoise ground densely enriched with foliage and leafy coils, standing on three lion-mask stocky legs and set with two relief-cast scroll handles at the sides, the upper section as a separate cylinder simulating a circular Buddhist shrine allowing access to the interior through six apertures each surrounded by elaborately-coiling and confronted dragons beneath a flaming pearl, the top set with a stylised tiled roof, all standing on a circular tiered partially-zitan base, applied with two horizontal bands of cloisonné enamel edging and set with six 'dragon and phoenix' panels cast in crisp relief.
The incense burner 38cm (15in) high, overall 58cm (22½in) high (3).
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