Gilt bronze and cloisonné enamel censer and cover of a Ding form.
Richly decorated with motifs inspired by ancient archaic dishes.
This piece from the Imperial workshops is a very good example of the spirit of innovation and creation of the time. The color palette used to decorate this piece was chosen to emulate models made entirely of enamel. Some very rare pieces similar to this insence burner are inventoried in private collections or in very famous museums.
Height: 38 cm.
China, mid-18th century.
This piece was exhibited at "Five centuries of masterpieces of Chinese cloisonné enamels", Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, September 2003.