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Large Antique Chinese Bronze Censer
Foo Dog
Dragon Chimera Incense Burner
Chinese Republic, Circa: early 1900s'

H 19 in.(48cm), W 16 in.(40cm), D 10 in.(25cm)
Condition: very good

Sold to Private Collection

A large, heavy and ornate censer finely cast with hand-chased ornamentation. Well used, dark and crusted over on the inside, the outer surface bearing a smoky patina of dark bronze with metallic highlights.

The censer stands on four enormous paws, each with five claws, that issue from the mouths of four tao’ tieh masks with fangs, glaring eyes and spiraling wrathful eyebrows, pointed ears and curling horns. The masks support the bowl of the censer, on either side of which are dueling dragons carved in high relief. Each dragon has five claws, wild staring eyes and backward bending horns, and each pair holds between them a flaming jewel. On either side of the bowl are two roaring chimeras looking outward, fangs bared, with engraved details of head and mane, each with two long whiskers descending. The lid of the bowl is pierced in arabesques of floral and foliate motifs; attached are four horned masks with open mouths and long tongues that curve down to the rim of the lid. Acient coins blooms from flower petals adorning the sides. At the very top of the lid is the great roaring Foo Dog, its sinuous spine connecting the lavish mane and billowing tail.


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