Chinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th centuryChinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th century

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.

MEASUREMENTS

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)

CONDITION

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.

Item ID: A-1952

Chinese bronze censer with loop handles and 16 character inscription 19th century

$550 USD

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