Height: 3 3/4 in. (9.4 cm.)
A tripod vessel of transparent purple color imitating amethyst, the body of compressed
bulbous form with a short, wide cylindrical neck, supported on three plump legs, the
shoulders with two ring-handles decorated with a carved ruyi head.
Acquired in San Francisco in the early 1990's
Yang Boda notes that the Palace archives recorded three-legged opaque white and red overlay
brush washers, which were made at the Yuanming Yuan Palace during the Yongzheng period (see
"A Brief Account of Qing Dynasty Glass" in Brown (1987) p.78.) Mr. Boda makes an interesting
observation, especially since this type of vessel is normally categorized as an incense burner. The form
is known from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). For another glass tripod vessel and further discussion, see
Asiantiques (1997), cat. no. 30.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: From the Gadient Collection, Volume 3 (2011), cat. no. 15