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A PALE CELADON JADE CENSER, FANG DING
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD
the body of rectangular section on four tapering cylindrical legs, the front and back face delicately carved in shallow relief with a taotie, with vertical flanges to the corners and centre, the sides with two chilong flanking a strap handle, the domed cover similarly carved with taotie below a rectangular knop finial, the stone of an even pale celadon to white tone, wood stand
Quantity: 3
13 cm, 5 1/8  in. 
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Provenance

Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1969.

Catalogue Note

This attractive piece is remarkable for its delicately carved taotie design which enlivens the robust facetted shape and draws attention to the translucent and even tone of the pale celadon jade. Modelled after archaic bronze fang ding made during the late Shang and Western Zhou dynasties, this piece displays the ingenuity of craftsmen active during the Qianlong reign, who were able to adapt and reinterpret ancient designs to suit the Emperor’s personal aesthetic taste in completely different materials from the original.

 

A slightly larger fang ding, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is illustrated René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, Tokyo, 1977, pl. LIII; another, from the Marcia Israel collection was, included in the exhibition Chinese Jade from Southern California Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 1977, cat. no. 45; and a third, from the collection of Tschao Itao, was sold in our Paris rooms, 15th December 2016, lot 154.

Important Chinese Art

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