Mounted incense burner

This curious object is composed of Chinese enameled porcelain in the form of a horse mounted on a gilt bronze base of curling leaves. On its back, a leafy vine supports a Japanese lacquer bowl and cover, which is further decorated with a red coral branch. In the 16th – 17th centuries, Chinese porcelain, Japanese lacquer, and exotic materials became fashionable in the West, and were primarily exported as curiosities and luxury goods. The exact function of this composite object is not very clear. It could be an incense burner, potpourri or merely a curiosity object.

Date/Period
Porcelain: China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Kangxi period (1662-1722); European gilt-bronze and Japanese lacquer: second half 18th century
Region
Porcelain: China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen; Lacquer: Japan; Gilt bronze: Europe
Dimension
Object size: 26.2 x 14.8 x 10 cm
Accession No.
2014-00706
Material
Porcelain, lacquer, gilt bronze and coral
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Ceramics