A Chinese bronze open censer

A wonderful, old bronze vessel with characterful twin dragon head handles, which we believe is a Chinese open censer but has been used as a jardiniere.

This piece is in original condition and has a wonderfully worn verdigris patina though it could be cleaned and polished.

The censer was found discarded outside at a property where a drip had been falling onto the rim for decades, wearing away a small portion and creating our favourite quirk to this piece.

Reassuringly heavy.

A beautifully decorative thing and most unusual.


All approximate

Overall height 18cm

Top diameter 24cm

Belly diameter approximately 27cm

Base diameter 20cm

Metal skull and bust seen are life size for scale



Where there are specific points to note we will detail these as far as possible but please be aware that all our items have wear commensurate with age and are as seen in the photographs. If you require any specific information please do not hesitate to get in contact. As seen in the images, but not limited to: patina as seen. Decades in the making: drip hole to rim!



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