This stunning ivory carving is the work of an expert craftsman.
It weights just under 1kg and shows nice age patina to all surfaces with a warm honey colour to the base. The carving is of a Chinese guardian lion, called Fu (Foo) Lion or lion of Buddha
Atop of the Lion is a blanket or mat with a key pattern border and what appears to be a lotus flower to each side. The applied/inlayed eyes appear to be moon stones or similar, possibly dark pearls.
The censor was most likely one of a mirrored pair when first made and has long since lost its mate.
Loosely translated the four characters surrounding the censor spout read heath, wealth, happiness and fortune.
Bearing the mark of the Qianlong reign, this superb piece remains free from damages and losses.
Please note, all items with the Gallery page are examples from my personal collections. These items are not currently offered for sale but are sometimes released to the For Sale page as tastes and items vary.