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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 706

    A LARGE LONGQUAN CELADON TRIPOD CENSER

    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)

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    A LARGE LONGQUAN CELADON TRIPOD CENSER
    SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY (1127-1279)
    The compressed body raised on three slightly splayed conical supports and surmounted by a cylindrical neck rising to a flat everted rim, with three narrow, tapering flanges beginning at a slight ridge on the shoulder and trailing down each leg, covered overall with a soft green glaze of even tone ending at the bottom of the legs to expose the pale grey ware; with Japanese parcel-gilt metal cover signed 'Hidekuni'
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diam., Japanese silk bag, two Japanese wood boxes


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    This shape, borrowed from the ancient bronze li, was produced from the Southern Song into the Yuan period for the domestic as well as the export market. The numerous examples of Longquan tripod censers retrieved from the Sinan shipwreck provide evidence that this shape was much sought after in Japan, the original destination of the ship's cargo, and where they have since been widely collected.

    A number of Longquan celadon censers of this shape are published, including several in renowned museum collections. Examples in the Tokyo National Museum and Percival David Foundation, London, are published in Oriental Ceramics, The World's Great Collections, Tokyo, 1982, vol. 1, no. 97, and vol. 6, no. 37, respectively. Others include the example in the Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Tokyo, illustrated by Y. Mino and K. Tsiang, in Ice and Green Clouds: Traditions of Chinese Celadon, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1986, p. 196, no. 79; one in the Baur Collection, illustrated by Ayers, The Baur Collection: Chinese Ceramics, vol. I, Geneva, 1972, no. A99; and the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Sung Dynasty Porcelain, Taipei, 1974, no. 12.

    Provenance

    Private Japanese collection, acquired in the 1960s and thence by descent within the family to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION IN JAPAN


    Exhibited

    Fukuoka City Art Museum, 1984-2008.