A ‘Longquan’ celadon-glazed censer, Ming dynasty

 Lot 45. A ‘Longquan’ celadon-glazed censer, Ming dynasty; 11.8cm., 4 5/8 in. Estimate 3,000 — 5,000 GBP. Lot sold 4,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's 2013.

the compressed globular body rising from three legs issuing from animal masks to a flared neck and an everted rim, flanked by a pair of upright fish handles, the body freely carved with lotus blooms below a band of stiff leaves, covered overall in a sea-green glaze running short of the foot revealing the dark brown body.

Provenance: Collection of Carl Kempe.

LiteratureBo Gyllensvärd, Chinese Ceramics in the Carl Kempe Collection, Stockholm, 1964, pl. 163.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 15 May 2013