Lot 3275. A white jade archaistic rectangular censer and cover, fangding, Late Qing dynasty-Early Republic period; 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 160,000 - HKD 200,000. Price realised HKD 1,620,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017

The censer is carved in low relief on the thick sides with bands of archaistic decoration and on each cylindrical leg with a mask-like motif and square spirals above a pendent leaf. The wide, flat rim is surmounted by two openwork, squared scroll handles, and the cover has a finial carved as a lion and cub with a peony branch. The base is carved in low-relief with an apocryphal Qianlong four-character seal mark. The stone is of even, white colour; zitan box.

ProvenanceA Japanese private collection, acquired before 1940, and thence by descent

Christie'sThe Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, 31 May 2017, Convention Hall