Height: 2 ½ in (6.4 cm)
Diameter: 3 in (7.7 cm)
A small opaque blue glass tripod censer, the globular body supported by three short legs, and decorated with an aventurine glass overlay, deeply carved with two qilong amidst flying clouds.
This piece belongs to a small group of scholars items produced mostly during the 18th century. Aventurine, also known as goldstone, was invented by Venetian glass-makers in Murano. For more information on the history of aventurine and its use in Chinese glass, see Hugh Moss, Victor Graham and Ka Bo Tsang, The Art of the Chinese Snuff Bottle: The J & J Collection (New York: 1993), vol. 1. cat. no. 340.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Qing Dynasty Glass Treasures: A Selection from the Gadient Collection (2009), cat. no. 20
(Hard cover catalogue, 64 glass artworks, 64 pp, full color illustrations, English text and Chinese captions. Catalogue available for purchase, $45 including domestic shipping, $55 international. The catalogue can also be viewed online in pdf format. Please contact us or visit our "exhibitions" page for more information.)