Bowls of this type known as 'marriage' bowls, and with their carefully chosen auspicious decoration were popular in the Qing dynasty, especially under the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.
The unusual handles of this censer depict winged-dragons. The winged-dragon, representative of Imperial power, first emerged as a decorative motif on blue and white ceramics of the Ming dynasty Xuande period, and made a brief re-emergence in the Yongzheng period. It is possible that the present dragon motif was influenced by those painted on ceramics. Compare with a Yongzheng-marked dragon dish, sold at Christie's New York, 22 March 2007, lot 336.