13 November 2001
A CLOISONNÉ ENAMEL GILT-BRONZE TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER
Qing dynasty, 19th century
Enamelled around the body with branches of flowers against a blue ground, set at the shoulder with a pair of elephant-head handles and supported on gilt tripod feet fashioned as harnessed elephant-trunks, the domed cover enamelled similarly with smaller flower branches below a pierced floral scroll and topped by a recumbent elephant supporting a vase on its back as the finial
8¼ in. (21 cm.) high
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A very similar censer of the same shape and decoration was included in the exhibition Antique Chinese Cloisonné, April/May 1983, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, front cover.
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