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A blue and white dated cylindrical censer, Kangxi period, dated 1708. Estimate $30,000 – $50,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2015

The censer is raised on three short feet and is decorated on the exterior in rich tones of cobalt blue with a continuous mountainous river landscape scene in which a sage and another figure stop to converse between two peaks, and three figures traverse the river on a sampan. The small recessed circular center of the base bears a four-character cyclical date, dinghai nian zhi, corresponding to 1708. 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) diam. Lot 3579

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Mark four-character cyclical date, dinghai nian zhi, corresponding to 1708.

Provenance: S. Marchant & Son, Ltd., London, 1986.
Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

Literature: Julia B. Curtis, Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century: Landscapes, Scholars’ Motifs and Narratives, New York, 1995, pp.86-87, no. 27.

Exhibited: China Institute Gallery, New York, Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century: Landscapes, Scholars’ Motifs and Narratives, 22 April – 5 August 1995.

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Notes: In her note to this incense burner in Chinese Porcelains of the Seventeenth Century: Landscapes, Scholars Motifs and Narratives, New York, 1995, p. 86, Dr. Curtis notes “The landscape, which pictures sages in a boat and standing on a promontory, makes use of extreme contrasts of light and dark to depict the rocks and mountains which comprise most of the scenery… This mode of painting became the dominant style of landscape decoration on pots made between the late 1690s and the 1720s, when landscape decoration on wares made for the domestic market disappeared from the potter-painter’s repertoire.”

CHRISTIE’S. AN ERA OF INSPIRATION: 17TH-CENTURY CHINESE PORCELAINS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JULIA AND JOHN CURTIS, 16 March 2015,New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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