Antique Georgian Pair Incense Pastille Burners Coalbrookdale Porcelain (337)


Antique Georgian pair of incense or pastille burners. Porcelain. Made circa 1830 in Coalbrookdale, the United Kingdom (England).

Measurements: 8inches high; 5 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Description : During the 18th and 19th centuries, when hygiene and sanitation were poor, incense was burned for the pleasant odor. Beautiful incense or pastille burners were made of various materials, including porcelain, which was a relatively new 'discovery' in the west at the time.
Porcelain, especially of this age and delicacy is very rare and to find a pair of burners like this is exceptional.
Each incense burner consists of two main parts: the bottom is shaped like a deep saucer with a round cup in the center. Forming a pear shape above it, is the upper, elongated top with a terminal of openwork foliage. The smoke would emerge from this openwork area. The entire upper/outer surface is decorated with tiny applied flowers made of porcelain. Flowers are white with turquoise edges and yellow centers. Much like the Meissen Sneeuballen of the same period. This carpet of tiny flowers is further decorated with larger roses and foliage, each petal exquisitely and individually made and applied.
Gilded edges.
Workmanship is exceptional.

Marks and Metal: No marks.

Condition: As mentioned, it is extremely rare to find items like this, in particular a pair of them. It is remarkable that they survived at all, especially in such relatively good shape. There is very fine minor crazing to the glaze of the white areas (underneath and inside); some of the applied larger flower/foliage is cracked - relatively minor and few, but mentioned for the sake of accuracy. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.

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