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    Posted 11 years ago

    WagonWizard
    (2 items)

    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, 11 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, 11 years ago
      Are there any maker marks on it?
    3. WagonWizard, 11 years ago
      I have not been able to find any maker marks on it.
    4. Celiene Celiene, 11 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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