Small 17th-18th century Chinese soft paste porcelain burner, in excellent condition, but with a tiny chip on one leg that has been restored. This censer is formed in the style of the early Shang bronzes, with 3 feet holding the vessel. This type of vessel would be called a ding because of that. The round body would have held ash and would have held the sticks of incense. There are 2 lugs on either side of the rim that imitate the early bronze forms. Each of the legs has a very cursive form of a lion's head done in something of the style of the taotie form.
Age: Ming - Qing 17th-18th Century
Size: 4 inches high, 3 inch diam