A magnificent and extremely rare monumental gilt-bronze and cloisonné-enamelled incense burner and cover
Beijing Palace Workshops, Qianlong
The massively constructed vessel of rectangular section, rising towards a perpendicular flaring keyfret rim, all beneath a partially open-worked dome-shaped cover of reticulated auspicious 'shou' characters and dragons depicted chasing flaming pearls, surmounted by a Buddhist lion knop, the mythical beast's head turned upwards to the right with finely incised fur running down from its spine, all supported by a pair of foreigners, each depicted kneeling on one knee and adorning tall curved headdress and long robes, all decorated with elaborate lotus blossoms and brilliantly enamelled in various colours of red, blue, green, yellow, white, pink and black, all on a rich turquoise ground. 112cm wide. (2).