OBJECTS FOR THE SCHOLAR'S DESK, Hong Kong 2019
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Incense Implements

A Rootwood Tripod Censer and Cover

Qing Dynasty, 18th Century

Height (including Base and Cover): 14.6cm

The censer is fashioned from a natural hollowed gnarled rootwood with a compressed globular body flanked by two openwork handles beneath the flared mouthrim. The censer tapers down to three straight feet and rests on a wooden base. The domed cover is pierced with a stylised ruyi motif and topped by a carnelian knop.

The wood is patinated to a lustrous deep caramel colour.

Similar Example
A related garlic-mouthed vase is published in The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings 故宮雕刻珍萃, Beijing, 2002 p. 110, Catalogue No. 75.

清十八世紀 樹根圓雕鼎式香爐