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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1978

    A FINELY CARVED PALE CELADON JADE INCENSE GARNITURE SET

    Price Realised  

    A FINELY CARVED PALE CELADON JADE INCENSE GARNITURE SET
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    Comprising a censer, a tool vase and an incense powder-box, the censer of compressed globular form flanked by elaborate openwork scroll handles, carved in shallow relief to the exterior of the rounded body with a band of stylised archaistic scroll below a band of keyfret to the inverted rim above lion mask feet, the scroll band repeated on the domed cover below the everted lotus petal finial; the tool vase of cylidrical form carved with stylised taotie masks around the body below twin cylidrical handles; the domed box carved on the flattened cover with archaistic scroll, the stone of an even pale celadon tone
    The censer 7 in. (18 cm.) across handles, wood stand (3)


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    The practice of incense burning has prevailed throughout Chinese history. By the Qing dynasty, vessels for this particular purpose were often found in formulaic groups of three: a circular box for the storage of incense either in strip, coil or pellet form; a tool vase which accommodated implements such as chopsticks and spatula for raking over ashes; and a censer. Compare with other jade incense garnitures in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in the Special Exhibition of Incense Burners and Perfumers Throughout the Dynasties, Taipei, 1994, nos. 84 and 85. Two other jade sets were sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 300 Years of Jade, 30 October 2000, lots 657 and 658. Garnitures were also produced using other materials such as champlevé enamel, Canton enamel and ceramic in imitation of bronze, see op. cit., nos. 86, 88 and 89 respectively. A set in gilt-lacquer is in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated in Zhongguo Qiqi Quanji, Qing dynasty, vol. 6, no. 9.