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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1954

    A PARCEL-GILT INCENSE TOOL VASE

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    A PARCEL-GILT INCENSE TOOL VASE
    LATE MING DYNASTY, 17TH CENTURY

    Of cylindrical form, the body with raised design of pierced ornamental rocks, camellia and prunus, lingzhi fungus growing beside the rocks, all gilded on a hexagonal-diaper ground, the neck with four sets of stylised ruyi-heads on a finely punched ground, the neck and foot inlaid in silver with a keyfret band, the base incised with the maker's mark Hu Wenming zhi, 'Made by Hu wenming'
    4 3/8 in. (10.6 cm.) high, Japanese wood box


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    Two tool vases of nearly identical form but with slight variations in the decorative bands are illustrated by Paul Moss, Emperor, Scholar, Artisan, Monk, London, 1984, pp. 274-275, nos. 128 and 129. The use of such incense tool vases is described in the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong Exhibition, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, 1986, Catalogue, nos. 229, 230. They were commonly depicted in conjunction with incense burners and incense powder boxes. They are often shown containing a pair of metal chopsticks and a spade used in the preparation for burning incense.

    Provenance

    A Japanese private collection