I acquired this piece at the estate sale of an avid antiques collector. It consists of a tray, vessel and cover. Initially I thought it was antique sugar bowl. I researched it and could not find anything similar. It was very unique. Stumped I aked the opinion of a few antiquers. It was suggested this might be an antique Chinese censer. My research found that it met the requirements of a censer which were 3 feet, side handles and a cover. The intricate engraving and chasing work was indicative of asian designs. I did see a few similar examples in my research.
The vessel is 5"i n. tall and 5 1/2" in diameter. The plate is 6" in diameter. A crude makers mark of simple initials DDV are found on the base and the plate. The are similar but not identical. The vessel has tested to be sterling silver.
This has stumped me for a while and I woould really like identify it and an approximate value. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks