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A WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC 'TAOTIE' INCENSE BURNER AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
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A WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC 'TAOTIE' INCENSE BURNER AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
Estimate
400,000600,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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A WHITE JADE ARCHAISTIC 'TAOTIE' INCENSE BURNER AND COVER
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the rounded sides rising on three legs, flanked by a pair of animal mask handles suspending loose rings, the exterior worked in low relief with a band of stylised taotie masks, the domed cover similarly carved with archaistic scrolls and surmounted by a ruyi-shaped finial set with three loose rings, the stone of an even white tone
15.5 cm, 6 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s London, 1st July 1969, lot 69.

Catalogue Note

This censer follows the Song dynasty (960-1279) tradition of creatively reinterpreting archiahc ritual bronze designs into relatively small jade vessels. In the case of the present censer, the taotie masks have been rendered with lingzhi-shaped mouths, a motif repeated on the cover.

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.

Ceramics and Jades from the Collection of Sir Quo-Wei Lee

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Hong Kong