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A Longquan celadon tripod censer, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)Estimate HK$300,000 – HK$500,000 ($38,851 – $64,752). Price Realized HK$300,000 ($38,867). Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

The sturdily potted censer is raised on three ruyi feet, moulded with two rows of drum-nail bosses encircling the bulbous body, with a pair of ring handles in shallow relief to the sides. It is covered overall with an attractive green glaze of even tone. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) diam., metal openwork cover, Japanese wood box

Provenance: Sho In Tey Collection, sold at an auction organised by the Osaka Bijutsu Club, 12 June 1940, lot 149
A private institutionn, western Japan, acquired in 1940

Notes: This incense burner with its beautiful soft blue-green glaze is of a form that appears at the Longquan kilns of Zhejiang province in the 13th century during the Southern Song dynasty and continued to find favour into the early Yuan dynasty. A similar 13th century vessel decorated with bands of applied floral bosses at the mouth and foot, and with a simple ring in relief on either side, is in the collection of the Percival David Foundation, London and illustrated in IIllustrated Catalogue of Celadon Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, Revised edition 1997, p. 34, no. 207).

Another censer of this shape and form from the collections of C.E. Russell and Brodie & Enid Lodge, no. C125, was included in the Exhibition of Celadon Wares, The Oriental Ceramic Society, 20 October –

CHRISTIE’S. DRAWN BY THE SENSES, 26 November 2014, Convention Hall