A heavy, well used antique censer that was brought out of China 70 years ago. The fact that it was repaired shows how precious the censer was for a past owner.
A heavy round bronze vessel with loop handles on each side and three round pointed peg feet that has seen much use. The interior is blackened and has a rectangular repair patch. The bronze was over cleaned at some point but has started to regain its patina. There are dark spots and the golden color has darkened.
There is a well-cast mark on the base with 16 characters. It’s deep and sharp. I picked out some of the characters such as “great”, “writing” and “literature”.
PROVENANCE: This censer was acquired in China and brought to the US over 70 years ago.
5 7/8” (14.9 cm) wide x 5 ¼” (13.3 cm) diameter x 4” (10.2 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 15.3 oz (885 g)
The inside was patched and there is a small ½” long abrasion around the belly were the finish is a bit lighter. Otherwise there are no other breaks, cracks, or dents.
A very old, heavy, bronze censer that can still be used today.