Chinese collection

Item LL 22

Accession no: LL 22
Object type: Cloisonné
Name: Censer
Materials: Cloisonné enamel
Place made: China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Qianlong (1736-1795 AD)
Measurements: H. 33.5 cm (with handle), DB. 17.2 cm

Description: Censer – for swinging burning incense – in the form of a double gourd. On the sides are two lions in relief with balls of brocade, to which are attached the ends of the high arched handle. On the top is a pierced dome-shaped cover with floral ornaments and lion knob. The sides are decorated with designs in cloisonné enamel in a dark blue ground; lotus scrolls and circles; borders of foliage scrolls and false gadroons. On the top of the handles are the heads of two dragons disputing a pearl, and on the sides is a key fret pattern.

Provenance
Sir Trevor Lawrence collection; his sale, Christie's, 1 June 1916, purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons for Lever, £82.10s; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Exhibited
Lord Leverhulme. Founder of the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Port Sunlight on Merseyside. A Great Edwardian Collector and Builder. Paintings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Furniture, Architecture. 12 April - 25 May 1980, London: Royal Academy of Arts.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 873. M. Medley, “Chinese Art in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight”. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol. 44 (1979-1980), 1981, p.11, Plate 12.