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DescriptionA Large and Extremely Rare Chinese Imperial Cloisonné and Gilt Bronze Censer and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1736-1795
37 inches high x 30 inches wide (94.0 x 76.2 cm)
Collection of Henry C. Gibson (1830-1891);
Thence by descent.
Henry C. Gibson (1830-1891) was an important Philadelphia-area banker, financier and landowner whose Walnut Street mansion and later Main Line estate, Maybrook, housed a large and important collection of fine art and artifacts acquired throughout the world. Gibson was both a Director and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the institution to which his collection of European paintings and sculpture were donated after his passing.
This large cloisonné enamel censer from Gibson's extensive collection of imperial Chinese works of art is believed to have been acquired in Europe in the second half of the 19th century. A censer of very similar form was among several imperial Chinese artifacts shown in the Illustrated London News, April 13, 1861, from a collection then housed at the Palace of the Tuileries and presently displayed at the Chateau de Fontainebleau's Musée Chinois.
Large cloisonné and bronze censers of various forms are associated with the vast temples and chambers of Beijing's Forbidden City. Alternately used as heat-generating braziers, such censers used for imperial use are closely associated with enameling techniques mastered at the Imperial Workshop in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. It is offered here in unrestored, original, and complete form with its fitted interior copper charcoal tray in a very good state of preservation.
Estimate: $100,000 - $200,000.
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