A Longquan celadon censer with carved floral decoration, Yuan dynasty. Estimate US$ 8,000 – 12,000 (€6,500 – 9,700). Image: Courtesy of Bonhams.
Thickly molded with a flat rim to the canted walls carved with alternating flower heads and leaf sprays bordered by raised string bands, the three small legs attached on the exterior of shorter size than a circular sectioned ring extruding from the base that actually supports the censer, the circular hole at the center of the ring filled with clay at a later date, the olive-green glaze stopping unevenly around the inside and outside surfaces of the base, leaving cinnamon-burnt patches where the clay is exposed. 9in (22.7cm) diameter; 6 1/4in (16cm) high
The projecting ring on the base of this censer was fired with a hole at the center, which was later plugged. The censer actually rests on the base of the projecting ring instead of the three short legs. For another censer from the Yuan period, of slightly larger size, but of very similar shape, carved floral decoration and showing the original circular opening through the base, see Zhu Boqian, Longquan yao qingci, 1998, cat. no. 181, p. 204. See also the circular hole at the base of the censer molded with trigrams to the exterior walls, cat. no. 182, p. 205: here, Zhu Boqian notes that Yuan censers of this type are unique in that the three feet are decorative additions, the censers actually resting on the projecting ring at the center of the base.
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO