Of circular section, the deep sides supported on three gilt animal claw feet, set with a pair of gilt arched foliate handles, the body decorated in shades of underglaze blue with large floral bouquets of various blooms including peony, surrounded by smaller floral sprays, all below a scrollwork border just below the rim, the sloping cover surmounted by a flat, disc-like top, with reticulated decoration around the rim and a band of pierced cash diaper surrounding the spherical openwork finial, further decorated in underglaze blue with a band of floral and honeycomb diaper around the rim, the reticulated work outlined in iron red and painted in gold, the base plain.
For an almost identical pot pourri and cover, see: Pinto de Matos, The RA Collection of Chinese Ceramics: A Collector's Vision, Volume Two, number 283, inv. no. 410, in which the author notes that: 'This type of pot pourri or perfume burner was usually adapted with a metal container for burning charcoal and scented pastilles'.
The cover of this pot pourri is an example of 'reticulated' porcelain, which is characterised by intricate cuts creating a pierced pattern. Père Francois Xavier d`Entrecolles (1664-