A celadon glazed porcelain ding form censer.18th century. Photo Bonhams

The edges of the globular body surmounted by a flat wide mouth rim topped by opposing square form handles and supported by three slightly splayed cylindrical feet, a thick sea-green glaze with subtle crackle covering all surfaces except the bottoms of the feet and nine spur marks evenly spaced along the base between the three legs. 8 3/4in (22cm) high. Sold for US$11,875

Note: Even though the sturdy shape of the present lot recalls similar Longquan 'dings' from the Yuan dynasty onwards (See Celadons from the Longquan Kilns, Zhu Boqian ed. (Taipei 1998)); according to The Official Kiln Porcelain of the Chinese Qing Dynasty, Xu Huping ed. (Shanghai, 2003), this color of glaze called dongqing ('winter green') or cuiqing ('jadeite green') was originally a successful Ming dynasty imitation of classic Longquan ware by Jingdezhen potters. Several examples of 18th century dongqing pieces illustrated from the collection of the Nanjing Museum share very similar spur-marks with the present lot (pg 342).

Provenance: Ashmolean Museum, on loan from Mr F.C. Harrison, December 1903, with partial label to base attesting to same

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