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Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon Tripod Censer with Corded Handles

Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon Tripod Censer with Corded Handles


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Porcelain: Pre 1492: Item # 1332593

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The compressed globular body is raised on three thick, tapered legs and divided into three lobes loosely carved with a floral scroll, rising to an everted rim set with two rope-twist handles. It is covered overall with a glaze of sea-green tone, in places suffused with minute bubbles. There is a circular aperture in the base, a characteristic which is occasionally found in censers of this form, presumably used to clean out the interior. It dates from the fifteenth century. A larger censer of this type is in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, and illustrated in A Special Exhibition of Incense Burners and Perfumers Throughout the Dynasties, Taipei, 1994, p. 161, no. 18. Another, in the Tokyo National Museum, is included in the Illustrated Catalogue of Old Oriental Ceramics Donated by Yokogawa, Tokyo, 1953, no. 124. Diameter: 14 cm; Height: 11.2 cm Condition: Very fine with slight wear at the rim and a few minor scratches. Purchased in Hong Kong in 1976