While tripod censers carved with taotie masks are numerous, those with multiple loop rings on the cover are unusual; compare a slightly larger censer of similar form, but the cover with further toatie masks and with a dragon knob, sold in our New York rooms, 23rd April 1987, lot 191; one also carved with phoenix-shaped handles, from the Avery Brundage collection, in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, illustrated in René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé, Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, San Francisco, 1977, pl. LIV; and another sold in these rooms, 31st October 2004, lot 10.
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