• The incense stand dates to the mid-Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911)
  • Made of precious Chinese Huanghuali wood
  • The burning of incense in China is a traditional religious practice for worship
  • Translated to “shaoxiang” in Chinese
  • Raised on elegant square section scooped legs with indented edges above the humpbacked base stretchers and terminating on inward-curved hoof feet
  • Recessed and scooped narrow aprons with minimal carved central appliqués
  • 85cm (33 1/2in) high x 34.5cm (13 5/8in) deep x 45.5cm
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The single-panel top set within a rectangular frame, above a narrow waist and apron carved with stylised archaistic scrolls, the elegant legs of square section joined by humpback base stretchers.

For a discussion on incense stands, their origins and use, see S.Handler, Austere Luminosity of Classical Chinese Furniture, Berkeley, 2001, pp.295-302, where the author explores the inspirational role played by the incense stand in the life of the Chinese literati who would commonly use incense to induce a poetic state of mind.






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