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Item LL 102
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Accession no: LL 102
Object type: Cloisonné
Name: Incense burner
Materials: Cloisonné enamel
Place made: China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 58.4 cm

Description: Incense burner in the form of a square bowl with rounded sides, four feet shaped like elephant heads, and two upright handles in the form of elephant trunks. Dome-shaped cover surmounted by an elephant lying down, with a bowl of Buddhist jewels on its back. On the body are cloisonné enamel designs in a turquoise ground, lotus scrolls and border of ju-i heads, with a mallow flower underneath. On the cover are four ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') shaped lappets with lotus designs in a turquoise ground, the spaces between engraved in open-work with designs of bats in clouds. The saddle-cloth of the elephant is decorated with wave designs and bats. Lotus pattern on the bowl. The harness of the elephant and its feet are decorated with bands of cloisonné enamel, and jewelled ornaments studded with coloured glass. Black wood stand with carved jade medallion. Formerly in the Summer Palace, Beijing.

Formerly in the Summer Palace, Peking, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever at Christie's, 26 February 1920, £275; by whom gifted the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922. Letter from Frank Partridge to William Lever, 2 March, 1920, Partridge Papers, Lady Lever Art Gallery (LLAG) Archives, 17.4/D.

R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 849. M. Medley, “Chinese Art in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight”. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol. 44 (1979-1980), 1981, p.12, Plate 13.