The form of the present piece is based on an archaic bronze vessel known as ding. Compare a white jade tripod incense burner of similar archaistic form, legs decorated with animal masks and finial carved in the form of a coiled dragon, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Jadeware III, Hong Kong, 1995, no. 60. Smaller incense burners of related form, but carved with two lions on the cover, include two sold in our New York rooms, 18th March 2008, lot 32, and 27th/28th April 1967, lot 297; one sold in our London rooms, 18th November 1998, lot 926; and another, but with one Buddhist lion over the cover and two extra ringed lion mask handles, from the Su Lin An collection sold in these rooms, 31st October 1995, lot 331. Compare also a jadeite incense burner of this form from the Jingguantang collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3rd November 1996, lot 610.
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