This is a great incense burner decorated with lion heads from Vantine's. A. A. Vantine opened a store in New York in the 1860s to import and sell goods from the Far East, catering to the craze for all things Oriental. His store remained in business into the 20th century and was at one time owned by a notorious gangster who used it as a front for smuggling. If you would like to know more about Vantine's check out the link in my favorite links on the right.
This incense burner is elaborately decorated with foliate designs on the base and lion heads with open mouths to release the smoke. There is a tiny Buddha figure on the finial. It is made of spelter with a gold finish and some green highlights. The bottom is marked with the Vantine's logo. The cup which would have held the incense is missing, so if you wanted to actually use the piece to burn incense this would need to be replaced.
It is about 6 inches tall and about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It is in very good condition with some surface paint loss in a few places as can be seen in the photos.
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