Gilt bronze and champlevé magpie incense burner Maximize

Gilt bronze and champlevé magpie incense burner

Gilted bronze and champlevé enamels
China
Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Qing
American Collection

censer in a shape of a magpie on a rock with longlife mushrooms lingzhi. The feathers, eyes and  lingzhi are in champlevé enamels. the wings form the cover; a small hole let the perfume spreads in the air.Champlevé enamels are much more rare than cloisonné enamels in the chinese art production; this one precious and small is typical of Qianlong emperor taste and personnal use, kept in his collections shown on a shelve, or hidden in a treasure box.

Référence: Collection privée américaine, vente Christies New York 25 et 26 Mars 2010, Cat N°1179