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Dragons144 of 152Oriental Bronze Imperial UrnDragon bowls,  i have these two bowls and dont know if they are worth anything. can any one help or guide me to someone who has
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Posted 4 years ago


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I have inherited this Oriental Bronze Dragon Incense Burner. It stands 28" tall and is 9" wide at the bowl. It is compiled of 3 pieces. The first is the hexagonal base and platform. The second is the 3 supports and bowl. each support has a dragon winding its way up that is free to be moved up and down. The bowl has dragon handles on both sides. In between the handles is a scene on each side. One side has a pair of deer in the forest. The second is of some squirrels playing in the trees.
The third piece has a large dragon fastened to the lid.
All I know is that it has been in the family for about 40 years. I was hoping someone might have an estimate on how old it is. I have not been able to find any markings on it.

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  1. CedarOaks CedarOaks, 4 years ago
    I don't know if it's any help ~ But, I just saw something about 'dragons' and that in the "OLD" days 'five toed dragons' were only for royalty! So, if it's VERY OLD and has 5 toes depicted, it may be from some important royal dynasty collection. Good Luck!
  2. Mrj303 Mrj303, 4 years ago
    Are there any maker marks on it?
  3. WagonWizard, 4 years ago
    I have not been able to find any maker marks on it.
  4. Celiene Celiene, 4 years ago
    Spud - he says it's bronze, not molded laquer, which would make sense, since it's an incense burner - molded laquer (aka plastic) would melt. And the dragons are free moving on the posts (legs). That is VERY unusual, and would not occur on mass produced molded laquer.

    I wish there were more, and better photos. WAGON - post it in the Asian Antiques show and tell! (And get better close ups!)

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