the rectangular form hollowed with projecting tubular corners, finely carved with an elaborate band of entwined snakes forming a hatched diaper register above stylized shou characters, all supported on low waisted feet and flanked by phoenix-head handles suspending loose rings, the conforming cover intricately carved with low relief qilong roundels at each corner, their sinuous bodies writhing towards the projecting reticulated coiled dragon finial, the stone of rich spinach-green tone flecked with black and white inclusions, wood stand (3)
Censers of this form were popular in the Qing courts, especially during the reigns of the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. See a very similar spinach-green jade censer in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, Hebei, 2005, no. 89, p. 559; one in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Masterworks of Chinese Jade in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1969, pl. 42; another formerly in the collection of Sir John Buchanan-Jardine and now in the De An Tang collection, included in the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat.no. 2830; and one illustrated in Robert Kleiner, Chinese Jades from the Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman, Hong Kong, 1996, pl. 74.
Compare also a white jade vessel of this type published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1995, pl. 156; and two vessels in the Avery Brundage collection, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, published in René-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977, pl. LV, p. 125.
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