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A Longquan celadon tripod censer, Yuan dynasty. Estimate US$ 3,000 – 5,000 (€2,400 – 4,000)Image: Courtesy of Bonhams.

The compressed globular body raised on three feet molded as fantastic animal heads, a cash-patterned diaper roundel impressed to the floor of the well and also carved into the curving exterior walls above a recessed band applied with prunus-shaped bosses, the gray-green glaze covering most surfaces except a cinnamon-burnt circle at the floor of the well and across the circular ridge of fabric extruding from the base, the glaze on the underside incised with the characters Hong Nongbo zhi12in (30.5cm) diameter

For similar incense burners assigned to the Yuan period, see Zhu Boqian, Longquan yao qingci, Taibei, 1998, cat. no. 185, p. 208 and Shinan kaitei hikiage bunbutsu, Tokyo 1983, cat. nos. 38 & 39, p. 66.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO