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BLUE-GLAZED INCENSE BURNER

18TH CENTURY

12.5 cm diameter, 6.4 cm high

The incense burner is of compressed bombe form supported on a tapering foot rising to a rounded body and a flaring rim. The exterior is covered with a fine cobalt blue glaze. The mouth rim, interior sides and foot rim are glazed white. The recessed base is left unglazed.

Porcelain incense burners were often made after bronze examples and many where produced in Dehua. The present incense burner, however, was produced in Jingdezhen where most incense burners were painted in blue and white, rather than monochrome glazed. The glazed foot rim is a further  unusual feature, probably for protecting a wooden surface from scratching.

 

Provenance:

A Dutch private collection