Provenance: American private collection. By repute acquired at a local yard sale.
Condition: Fine patina. The bronze with one ding and traces of use as well as minor nicks here and there. The wood with minor losses. The jade with natural fissures.
Weight: 591.4 grams (the bronze) and 67.2 grams (the lid)
Dimensions: 11.8 cm diameter from handle to handle
Two character ‘Shimabara’ mark to base, likely added onsite after this censer was exported from China to Japan to be used at Shimabara castle, situated in Nagasaki province, the only region where imports of goods from abroad were legal in Japan at the time. Probably the present censer somehow made its way back to China, when Portuguese tradesmen and missionaries where expelled from Japan in masses after the Shimabara rebellion in 1638 and took it with them. At some later point in history it then had been refitted with the now present wooden lid and jade knob, from the perspective of ‘Chinese Taste’ certainly adding further appeal to it, the mark having been condemned to insignificance by that point in time.
重量： 591.4 克 (青銅爐)；67.2 克 (蓋)
尺寸： 雙耳間直徑11.8 厘米