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A RARE WUCAI 'LOTUS SCROLL' TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER
WANLI MARKS AND PERIOD
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LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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A RARE WUCAI 'LOTUS SCROLL' TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER
WANLI MARKS AND PERIOD
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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A RARE WUCAI 'LOTUS SCROLL' TRIPOD CENSER AND COVER
WANLI MARKS AND PERIOD
formed of three sections, the censer body of low cylindrical form supported on three ruyi-form feet below a flanged rim, vividly painted around the exterior with foliate lotus scrolls with blossoms in blue, red and white, between lotus sprays on the feet, and a blue-ground classic scroll at the rim, the interior fitted with a dish-shaped porcelain liner decorated with fruiting and flowering branches of peach enclosed in lobed panels against a blue lattice ground, inscribed with the six-character mark, further surmounted by a domed reticulated cover with blue and red diapers within a border of detached classic scroll segments and a composite floral scroll around the sides, all divided by line borders, the base partially glazed and inscribed in a countersunk medallion with the second six-character mark within double circles (3)
Diameter 8 5/8  in., 21.8 cm 
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Provenance

Collection of Emil Hultmark (1872-1943), Stockholm, Sweden. 
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 13th November 1990, lot 148. 
Christie's New York, 21st March 2002, lot 173. 

Literature

Leopold Reideister, Ming-Porzellane ind schwedischen Sammlungen, Berlin, Leipzig, 1935, pl. 46(c). 

Catalogue Note

A Wanli censer in the Tokyo National Museum of this very rare form and with the same painting, with a pierced cover, four free-standing animals around the rim of the liner and two broad strap handles rising from the tripod base, is illustrated by Daisy Lion-Goldschmidt, Ming Porcelain, London, 1978, pl. 228, who notes that the shape is inspired by archaic bronze ding of the Eastern Zhou period. Another tripod base, lacking a cover or liner, is illustrated in Idemitsu Bijutsukan zōhin zuroku. Chūgoku tōji / Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 765.

Ming: The Intervention of Imperial Taste

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