It is very rare to find censers of this large size in the form of a Buddhist lion. One other example, now in the Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, is illustrated by John Getz in Catalogue of the Avery Collection of Ancient Chinese Cloisonnés, New York, 1912, p. 41, no. 66. Another one, somewhat less refined and dated to the second half of the 18th century, is in the Uldry Collection and illustrated in Chinesisches Cloisonne Die Sammlung Pierre Uldry Museum Rietberg, Zurich, 1985, no. 327.
Other figures of large cloisonné enamel Buddhist lion purely for deocrative purposes are known, such as the pair illustrated by Christopher Bruckner in Chinese Imperial Patronage - Treasures from Temples and Palaces, vol. II, London, 2006, no. 50. Compare also the pair of impressive models of qilin from the C. Ruxton and Audrey Love Collection, sold in our New York Rooms, 20 October 2004, lot 610.