A censer of this type, but of slightly larger size, from the Xiwenguo Zhai Collection, included in The Grandeur of Chinese Art Treasures: Min Chiu Society Golden Jubilee Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 2010, cat. no. 100, was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 5th April 2017, lot 3231; and another, but with a longer neck, was sold at Christie’s New York, 5th June 1986, lot 172. Yaozhou tripod censers of this shape are more commonly seen decorated with various designs, such as one moulded with confronting bird marks divided by vertical notched flanges on the body, in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, included in the Museum’s exhibition The Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, 1998, cat. no. 105; and another carved with a band of double key-frets below the rim and scrolling lotuses on the body, illustrated in Julian Thompson, ‘Chinese Celadons’, Arts of Asia, November-December, 1993, p. 66, sold in these rooms, 15th December 1981, lot 135 and again in our New York rooms, 7th November 2008, lot 273.
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