What is this bronze vessel ... Chinese? ... Signed Yi Zhen!!

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  1. Touchdry

    Touchdry Well-Known Member

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    This is a small bronze container possibly for incense tools? Is it Qing Dynasty?

    Don't get too excited but it is signed Yi Zhen! ... Oh really? Not THAT Yi Zhen, surely? Perhaps one of his 'off' days?

    A similar vessel, with the same decoration and simple shape, has been described as a "Chinese antique copper vase - works of the Ming Dynasty - Hand-carved banana pattern, on four sides, used to store incense tools, belonging to the study room".

    Another vessel, almost identical, has been described as an Arrow vase. This may be because the same pattern can be seen on some of the ancient "touhu" vases.

    As for the mark on the base - it reads "Yi Zhen".

    It stands 17.5cm/6.75 inches high. The widest diameter is 7cm/2.75 inches.

    But can anyone tell me what this actually is?
     
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  2. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Based on the cast signature I would say this is a decorative and a more modern-ish piece.
     
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  3. Touchdry

    Touchdry Well-Known Member

    Mmm ... you're probably right ... someone has said that it is a 1920ish piece ... and 'decorative'? Yes, I can go along with that too. Thanks for the input blooey
     
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  4. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    i need help and Touchdry like this.
  5. Touchdry

    Touchdry Well-Known Member

    OK ... for the tourist trade then? ... Suppose I could melt it down and make something myself (all I need is a furnace!!)
     
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  6. Jeff Drum

    Jeff Drum Well-Known Member

    Yes, I would say so. A souvenir of a visit to the museum perhaps?
     
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  7. Touchdry

    Touchdry Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that Jeff Drum ... we may be speaking again ... I'll be posting my other "find" tomorrow ... stay tuned - and keep calm until then ...
     
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