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Chinese perfume burner with a Buddhist lion

Image attached to C.28 & A-1978

An image of Perfume burner and cover/cassolette. Famille verte, biscuit. The two-storied body is of square section with upright sides supported on four green scroll legs issuing from ferocious animal masks. The lower part of the body has raised rectanglar panels incised with a wan-diaper pattern picked out in black on a green ground, reserved against an intricate green and yellow trellis diaper, surmounted by a galleried flange with a florette diaper in green, yellow and aubergine round the edge and a green-ground spiral scroll on the top. The upper part of the body is intricately pierced with green wan-diaper panels reserved against pale green cell-diaper. There is a matching pierced wan-diaper and cell-diaper pattern on the sloping sides of the domed cover which has a flat top, centred with a large pale aubergine Buddhist lion knop, the animal's right paw resting on a pale yellow brocade ball. The interior and the base are unglazed. Hard-paste porcelain, pierced and applied, and painted on the biscuit in an enamel palette of black, yellow, aubergine and two tones of green, height, whole, 29.5 cm, diameter, whole, 19.6 cm, circa 1662-circa 1722. Late 19th century. Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Chinese.

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Perfume burner and cover/cassolette. Famille verte, biscuit. The two-storied body is of square section with upright sides supported on four green scroll legs issuing from ferocious animal masks. The lower part of the body has raised rectanglar panels incised with a wan-diaper pattern picked out in black on a green ground, reserved against an intricate green and yellow trellis diaper, surmounted by a galleried flange with a florette diaper in green, yellow and aubergine round the edge and a green-ground spiral scroll on the top. The upper part of the body is intricately pierced with green wan-diaper panels reserved against pale green cell-diaper. There is a matching pierced wan-diaper and cell-diaper pattern on the sloping sides of the domed cover which has a flat top, centred with a large pale aubergine Buddhist lion knop, the animal's right paw resting on a pale yellow brocade ball. The interior and the base are unglazed. Hard-paste porcelain, pierced and applied, and painted on the biscuit in an enamel palette of black, yellow, aubergine and two tones of green, height, whole, 29.5 cm, diameter, whole, 19.6 cm, circa 1662-circa 1722. Late 19th century. Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Chinese.

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  • Accession Number: C.28-1978
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/45.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Andrew Norman
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 813 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 680.73kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 200
  • Fnumber: 45/1
  • Captured: 2012:10:12 09:32:54

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17th Century 18th Century box Buddhist burner cassolette censer ceramics Chinese container cover diaper work diapered enamel enamelled famille verte Fitz_AA glazed green hard-paste porcelain incense burner incised knop lidded lions mask painted paws perfume burner pierced porcelain Qing Dynasty studio ceramics

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