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RARE LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY ANTIQUE CHINESE MONUMENTAL,3-LEGGEDCAST IRON PLANTER (PERHAPS PREVIOUSLY A COOKING CAULDRON) W/RINGED SIDE HANDLES HELDBY TRUNKED ELEPHANTS &DECORATED W/CALLIGRAPHIC CHINESE LANGUAGE TYPOGRAPHY SIDEWALLFIGURATION,BOLTED TO A MATTE BLACK,PAINTEDROUND WOODEN BASE(Circa 1890-1920)Chinese antique cast iron monumental decoratedurns & planters
DIMENSIONS:8¼" Height x 13" Width x12¼" top Diameter
DESCRIPTION:This wonderful antique Chinese late 19th-early 20th century calligraphy decorated sidewall black cast iron planter, is in well-preserved overall condition, with the expected and untreated episodes of oxidation found on the interior basin and interior sidewalls of the pot. What's interesting about this particular piece is that it appears to have been footed at perhaps some later point in time with a round, cut-out center wood base, painted in matte black to match the original black of the cast iron pot. If that was the case, then the pot could've been used as a familiar Chinese cooking cauldron, with ringed lifting handles supported by figurative sidewall mounts depicting trunked elephants on each side of the vessel. It's without a lid (as is usually found with period Chinese cast iron cooking cauldrons) but does have the characteristic splayed, conicular tripod legs of similar period Chinese decorated cast iron cauldrons like it. What could also be a possibility, is that it may have been an incense burning censer, where several incense sticks would be pushed into the sand or gravel filling it and allowed to burn out with no threat of fire to a domicile or larger wooden structure. Regardless, it's wonderfully decorated with Chinese calligraphy and is extraordinarily beautiful. With spring just around the corner, what are you planning to put your flowers, herbs or perhaps even scented incense sticks in? Imagine this fantastic planter or censer decorating your table or sideboard, filled with flowers or your favorite succulents in a 'dry garden?' For those for whom the 'same-old, same-old' just won't cut it. Handsome. Unique.
CONDITION:Very Good to Excellent overall antique condition.