A turquoise porcelain elephant heads censer and cover on a carved hardwood stand

Kangxi period 1662-1722 AD, China
康熙時期 中國

Height with stand: 33cm Height off stand: 27cm
高(含底座):33釐米 高(不含底座):27釐米

This rare and unusual censer consists of the head of three wrinkled elephants, in which the trunks form the bracket shaped legs, while the body of each head forms the main body of the censer. Two rectangular open handles rise from a raised circular mouth, the censer covered by a domed lid with rectangular openings surmounted by a seated lion, all glazed in bright turquoise pooling darker in low lying parts. An original elaborate carved wood base sets off the censer to great effect.

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