Small, unique and very beautiful antique Censers or
Koro-incense burners for display in the Tokonoma,
with Bonsai as an accent or for display with a scroll

Incense has become a very popular art form. The various scents we all probably used joss sticks but
real incense is created from the resin of trees and are offered as granules or little pieces. You light charcoal
and put a couple of 'drops' o the charcoal and the smoke rises and infuses the air with a wonderful scent.
In Japan they gave incense circles where the different smells are (almost) tested in a competitive environment.
Remember to use no more than a couple of 'drops' as too much can smell sour.








Half fill the censer with sand

Plce the charcoal pellet

Light the charcoal pellet which burns quickly

Its important to wait until it turns grey


Now that its grey place a small incense drop in the middle
never use more than  3 or 4 small
The heat starts to melt and burn the drops of insence

When they have finished burning you can use some more.

This is one of our smaller Censers dating from the 19th century
Most of our smaller censers come in special boxes





This is a late very large 18th early 19th Century Chinese Censer. A particularly large example. The base has been repaired in the past probably caused by the constant heat from the charcoal. However this was a very old repair probably around a century ago. It has a very nice patina (the flash has made the bronze lighter than it actually is) The image above on the red stand is truer to colour

The size from handle to handle is 27cm wide, 20 cm high (10.5 x 7.75 inches) and the weight is 7.92kg

£475. The stand is 18th century Japanese. £275

This is a Peony setting. The scroll is a early 17th century Chinese scroll of a Peony. The two cats are Chinese painted in the Japanese Imari palette and are signed ( Gikendo Tatsudoshi nen sei or Gikendo, made during the year of the dragon) The screen is a Byobi gold silk.

Ancient Silk Iron. You would line the holder with sand on the base and ad coals or charcoal to the sand.
This would heat up the sand and the base and this was used to iron silk Chinese I believe to be circa Han Dynasty.

An optional rosewood handle is being made to fit. £125

Bronze censer large size in the shape of a lotus, of globular form, the base cast in the form of a dragon and phoenix, 14cm diameter £275
Unusual hand painted Chinese censer approx 13cm across and 7.5cm high. There is no mark on the base

Each side has a different scene - one interior scene of a figure seated behind a table with two others moving away (shown) and the other showing a single figure in a country setting looking up at a kite and carrying a parasol across his shoulder.

Each end has a lion's head with a ring in its mouth.

The colours are fresh and bright and the figures painted with great detail
I have another one almost identical.
Perfect condition £35




Two Japanese  'koro' incense burners Satsuma porcelain, each with a pierced lid topped with a gilded lion for a knob. One is in shades of cream and grey with an applied 'tube lined' dragon around the side. and measures 8.5cm across and 9.5cm tall. The other is in white and yellow with a hand painted landscape with houses, and measures 9cm across and 7.5cm tall. Both have gilded details and are marked on the base. Both in good vintage order - a little wear but no chips, cracks or damage.

Chinese censer made of bronze. It has great engravings and fine ornamentation on two sides.
On the base it has the 16-character Xuande-Mark.
It dates to the early to mid 19th century.
This large censer stands 9.5 cm high and is 15.5 cm in diameter
Chinese bronze censer from the 18th/19th century.
The censer is very heavy for its size and weights around one kilo.
It is a tripod censer with animal feet and mythical beast ornaments.
It seems to be lacquered in dark brown to black.
The censer is in wonderful condition.
Diameter: 11 cm x12 cm high £190

Japanese Koro  incense burner.
Measures 3.25" wide x 3" tall with lid.£55


Superb oriental antique bronze two handled censer with Fu dog finial.
This is a heavy bronze censer of considerable quality. Condition is
superb with age related surface use marks only. Beautiful shape &
form & excellent patina to the metal. Very rigid construction & stands
Size:5 1/4 inches (13.3cm)tall x diameter, 10 inches (25cm)


A beautiful Bronze 18th century Chinese censer. £350


A large glorious 10 inch / 25.4 cm tall Japanese Satsuma Censer.
In great condition without cracks or chips. Pheasants surround the hexagonal body
Stamp of maker underneath. Dates from circa1850. sold


Another large Satsuma Censer . This also comes with a period stand to fit.
A special box has been made for this wonderful Censer £350

This is a large late 19th century Censer pot. Used without the lid. Standing on three traditional feet. Signed underneath with 3 gilded Japanese letters in a red seal. No damage that I can see, other than very minor rubbing of the gilding around the outer edge of the lid, and marks under the 3 feet where it has been stood. Standing approximately 7.3/4"(19.7cms) high, and having a top rim diameter of 4.3/4"(12cms).The unpacked weight is around 1000g (1 kilo). £105

The Main Body of the Koro is Good- with Detailed Gold Gilt- There is a very tiny chip on the Tail of the Cover/Lid Animal- Authentic Meiji Japan Antique Koro-Measures 4in by 3.5in dating from circa 1850
A superb example  £under offer


Vintage Japanese Incense Case, Kogo, Kyo ware, Cow
It's very good condition. No cracks, No chips.

L 1.8"(4.6cm) x W 2.6"(6.5cm) x H1.5 (3.8cm)
This is a vintage Japanese Incense Case of Kyo ware. A cow is moulded.
The seal of the potter is put on the bottom.

Japanese incense case is called "Kogo". This was made about 70 years ago. £75

Kyushu, the Japanese porcelain center

Geographically the porcelain production was more spread out in Japan then in China, where most of the porcelain was made in the one city of Jingdezhen in the Jiangxi province. In a similar way, however, the center of the Japanese porcelain industry could be said to have been located on the southern island of Kyushu. The largest city on Kyushu is Arita while the largest nearby port was called Imari. These are the two most important names in the history of Japanese export porcelain. When it come to quality and artistic merit the picture is infinetly more complicated.
























Meiji Period C 1875 Hirado Arita Seto Porcelain Reticulated Square Futaoki Lid Stand Vase but used for incense.
Dimensions: Approx 58mm, 2.3" High 67mm, 2.65" Square.

Condition No Discernable Damage or Restoration £75

Similar to the above: A Meiji Period c1880 Hirado Arita Seto Porcelain Reticulated Hexagonal Futaoki Lid Stand Vase but used for incense.

Dimensions: Approx 81mm, 3.2" High 116mm, 4.6" in Diameter.

Condition Fine Hairline to Rim

Otherwise No Discernable Damage or Restoration £60


A Meiji Period c1885 Hirado Arita Seto Porcelain Reticulated Square Futaoki Lid Stand Vase
Dimensions: Approx; 58mm, 2.3" High/ 66mm, 2.6" Square.

Condition; No Discernable Damage or Restoration £75

A Meiji Period Late 19th Century c1880

Hirado Arita Seto Porcelain Reticulated Hexagonal Cricket Cage / censer

Vase Dimensions: Approx

93mm, 3.65" High / 113mm, 4.4" in Diameter. £75


Famile Rose Polychrome Porcelain Koro incense burner  Date; 1905 -1920

Dimensions: Approx 69mm, 2.7" High./ 123mm, 4.85" Wide./ 83mm, 2.3" Deep

Condition; No Discernable Damage or Restoration


This is a very rare hand painted Satsuma Censer Koro from Japan. It is about 3.25 inches high (including the lid) and about the same in diameter at it's widest. The Japanese made mark dates this to the early part of the 20th century. The base has three little feet that are part of the pot, not added on. The lid is in the shape of a dome with slats all around it Although for incense it can also be used for  potpourri. The picture on the pot is of two men and a woman. The base colours of the pot are, from bottom to top, dark red, black, yellow, green then there is a gold ring near the top which has another ring of black nearest the lid. The lid is black, gold and green with a circle of gold at the centre top. Onto of these base colours the image is picked out in raised / lines of colour that form the picture these colours are green, blue, red, yellow, gold and white. The lid has stripes of white down each of the struts, around the openings. It doesn't have any cracks or chips.£65

Japanese Satsuma earthenware decorated in over glaze colours was first made in the 1850s. It became a valuable source of revenue for the country and its production increased dramatically during the Meiji period (1868 - 1912). Although production was initially cantered around Kagoshima, Satsuma Province in the west of Japan, major manufacturers sprung up throughout Japan particularly in the suburbs of Kyoto.

A small pottery koro -The colour and signature is Korean made for the Japanese market - with two handles and an animal Fu Dog or Shishi Finial. The glaze is celadon green-decorated with alternating birds and script.

Measurements: 10 cms in height, 10 cms in width.



Smaller Japanese Satsuma Censers dating from the late 19th early 20th Century

Satsuma censer 1920's three inches tall £35                                              7 cm or 3" high on three integral brown feet with a raised moriage design
                                                                                                                           to the body. It depicts an immortal with mountains in the 
                                                                                                                           background, enamels and gilt.£30


1] Antique Japanese Satsuma Porcelain Lidded Incense Jar with Dog of Fo on the lid.
Unusual rectangular baluster shape as opposed to a circular form.

A beautiful colourful Incense Jar in very good condition with just a little rubbing to the gold
on the top of the handles where it has been handled over the decades.
The immortals featured on both sides are beautifully painted by hand.

There are no chips or cracks and the richness of the raised decoration is stunning

Its quite substantial in size and measures approximately 4 1/2 x 41/2 x1 5/8 inches: 10x 11.5 x 6.5 cms.

Included is a wooden box.


2] Antique Japanese Satsuma Porcelain Lidded Incense Jar with Dog of Fo on the lid.
Unusual rectangular baluster shape as opposed to a circular form.

A beautiful colourful Incense Jar in very good condition with just a little rubbing to the gold
on the top of the handles where it has been handled over the decades.

There are some rubs to one side but it displays well
The immortals featured on both sides are beautifully painted by hand.

There are no chips or cracks and the richness of the raised decoration is stunning

Its quite substantial in size and measures approximately 4 1/2 x 41/2 x1 5/8 inches: 10x 11.5 x 6.5 cms.


A very nice and in good condition, Japanese incense burner, decoration is raised enamel with gilt highlighting, light wear to the gildingl, manufactured by Kireina c 1930 +, size is approx 120 mm, 4.75" tall. A very nice export Japanese Satsuma Censer sold

This is a Japanese Satsuma Censer of very large size and excellent form. With a very good shape and many unusual features.
The Pattern is of Fu Dogs on the top and on the handles
Rim and lid has a small repair and a very small damage on lid. This is a very big piece and would be suitable for a meditation centre or group
32.5cm tall X 15cm dia  £65

Satsuma Censer 6"High 5"Diameter in beautiful condition dating from the 1920's



Antique Korean Caledon Porcelain Incense holder and because the lid is designed in such a way this is also a scented oil burner
In very
good condition no cracks or damages
Just few nibbles to the edge (please see the images)
7.5cm in diameter and 3.5cm high £35

Satsuma Censer dates 1920's 3.5 inches tall £30                                                                 Satsuma Censer dates 1920's £30 3.5 inches tall


Beautiful Antique 18th century Chinese Censer

With Crackle-glaze Blue and White Hand painted in Cobalt Blue Colour Underglaze

Unknown Date - possibly 200 years old according to  Antiques Roadshow Expert, but this is not definitive

History of the Bowl: About 20 years ago this bowl, a Blue and White Hand-painted Censer, was taken to the BBC Antiques Road show. The expert who examined it thought that it was possibly 200 plus years old, and said that it may have been made in from Korea or Vietnam but he didn’t know for sure without more research It has a hairline crack but is tight and as you can tell from the photos there isn’t glazing to the bottom inside of the bowl, or at the base where three feet are. It is a beautiful piece even with its flaws. The size is approximately 8” across the top diameter. The height is approximately 3 ¼”. I have tried to find out the mark (if it is a maker’s mark) but have been unable to. It appears to be in a dark underglazed black. If perfect this bowl would be at least five times the price. It is presently being valued by an specialist auction house.




A blue and white Porcelain Censer Chinese
3x3 inches dating late 19th century £65

A small Japanese Satsuma Censer , dates from the 1920's  £24.

This is a vintage Japanese Incense Case of Kyo ware. Various patterns are hand painted on it.

Japanese incense case is called a "Kogo". This was made about 80 years ago. A Kogo is often used to burn a little incense during the tea ceremony
Good condition. No chips, no cracks.
Dia. 1.6-1.8"(4.0-4.5cm) x W 2.0"(5.0cm)

Small Japanese exquisitely made Satsuma Censer-for incense. c 1920 £65

Small Japanese exquisitely made Satsuma Censer-for incense. Circa 1920 £65


Japanese Cloisonné Censer mid Meiji period. With lid £75- I have located a small button lid handle for this censer.

A traditional Chinese or Tibetan  bronze Censer dating from the 18th century. 4.5 centimetres tall. For a personal or travelling shrine.£60



A Meiji Period Japanese Bronze Open Top " Koro " or " Incense Burner ".The main body is supported on four legs in the form of palm trees. The base is oval with a couple of palm leaf motifs to front and back. There is a slight upward bump in the central area of the base. The main body which is four sided has rural scenes to front and back surrounded by palm trees. The two handles are in the form of looped palm with bird image terminals. The handles are slightly loose and an attempt has been made in the past to secure them to the main body with a threaded bolt and nut. This can be noted by looking into the interior as shown in photo. However this has not compromised the general appearance to the outside surfaces. Overall other than stated the Koro is in nice order with good patina

Approx size. Height to top of handle 202 mm. Base. 85 x 73 mm. Weight 810 grms £145


Old Chinese Jun Porcelain Censer

6.0 cmx7.0cm £55

This is a brush pot /censer or bulb bowl which has been hand painted Prunus 'UME' blossom design.
The unique thing about this marvellous pot is the beautiful shape of the  inner rim. Its signed with a three character mark on the base.

The item is in fine order. Although there is an expected amount of age associated wear , no chips, nor cracks , the under well foot
does have a pictured spider hairline on the glaze across the signature. It does not come into the sides and is only on the base of the pot.

Height at 4.5 inches, diameter is at 7 inches. This comes with a pot stand in wood.  £90


Old Chinese Jun Porcelain Censer

6.0 cmx7.0cm £55





Chinese Incense Case, (Japanese Kogo) £60 including Post

Production: China leads in production of peanuts having a share of about 41.5% of overall world production,

If using in a Bonsai display this is best with a seed bearing tree, or tree in flower.

Peanut Censer with two removable ceramic Peanuts to be turned upside down and o hold inasense.10x5cm This unusual 18th century Chinese made ceramic box is also a very unusual accent object for the Tokonoma.

Cultivation in China

The peanut was introduced to China by Portuguese traders in the 17th century and another variety by American missionaries in the 19th century.

They became popular and are featured in many Chinese dishes, often being boiled. During the 1980s peanut production began to increase so greatly that as of 2006 China was the world's largest peanut producer. A major factor in this increase was the household-responsibility system, which moved financial control from the government to the farmers







Chinese bronze censer common in the Han dynasty (206 bcad 220). Censers (vessels made for burning incense) of this type
were made to represent the form of cauldrons

With incense smoke emerging from the top or through holes in the lid, the censer is an abundantly sensuous, fully animated representation of nature.
Whether this was the specific meaning and function of the censer is uncertain.

In China during the Han dynasty (206 bce–220 ce), a type of vessel known as a hill censer was used. It consisted of a shallow circular pan, in
 the centre of which was an incense container with a pierced lid constructed as a three-dimensional representation of the Daoist Isles of the
Blest. Incense burners of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) were made in two basic forms: a square or a pot-circle...


Insense Holder in Sang le Boeuf (langyao) Glaze 6.2X4.2X3.6 inches
Designed in the style of a bronze vase this beautiful vase is just over 6 inches tall £95

Sang de boeuf, the phrase refers to the striking blood-red glaze that was first used by Chinese potters hundreds of years ago

The 'sang de boeuf' glazes were created using reduction of copper and iron oxides at high temperature. This was a difficult technique, first developed in China in the 13th century (French: “oxblood”) also called flambé glaze, a glossy, rich, blood red sometimes this was also slashed with streaks of purple or turquoise and used to decorate porcelain. This method was discovered by the Chinese of the Ming dynasty, probably during the reign of Wanli (1573–1620). Examples of this older work are now extremely rare. The process was at first difficult to control, but it had been mastered by the time of Kanxi (1661–1722) and Qianlong (1736–96) in the Qing dynasty, and chuihong, or “blown red” glaze ware, became popular. The langyao porcelain of the Qing dynasty was imitated in Europe, especially in the porcelain factory at Sèvres, France, which produced a substantial amount of sang de boeuf in the late 19th century.

Small Censer bowl by Carenza Heyhoe for Liberty's in 1978. Exhibited in Liberty's Oriental department in 1979. Heyhoe was born in Hankow on the Yangtze River, China. With this pot she has used a traditional double glaze technique to get a depth of colour and texture similar to ancient Chinese Glazes. £225 six inches tall. This is one of her earlier pots.Carenza Heyhoe lives in Portland 

Bronze Frog Censer  £75

Modern Chinese Censers

Modern Chinese Censer £30


This is a modern Chinese Censer in an antique style. 4.3 X 3.0 X 3.0 inches £30