Global Art & Artifacts

Magnificent and Large Antique Champlevé Enameled Bronze Censer / Incense Burner Vessel / Container.  China

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Magnificent is a bit of an understatement for this stately vessel.  Acquired from a Chinese family estate in Connecticut, this piece dates to the mid-1880s.

 

The design of dragon handles and the foo / fu dog on top is stunning and quite rare.  Vented lid.  There was some repair done to the foo dog / lion a number of years back., but it is not noticeable.

 

Champlevé is a Chinese enameling technique that started in the 5th Century.  The process involves carving or chiseling of a bronze vessel followed by enamel being placed in the depressions . . .  then, followed by firing and then grinding/polishing.

 

In this piece, some of the casting depressions are enamel filled.  Some areas are painted and fired.

 

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