A large blue and white 'Eight immortals' tripod censer, Jiajing period (1522-1566) (2)

Lot 33. A large blue and white 'Eight immortals' tripod censer, Jiajing period (1522-1566); 10 ½ in. (26.7 cm.) diam. Estimate GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000 (USD 5,228 - USD 7,842)Price realised GBP 4,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018.

The censer is decorated to the exterior with the Eight Immortals holding various attributes, with Shoulao seated on a rock holding a ruyi sceptre, all surrounded by pine trees and lingzhi sprigs within a fenced garden, below a band of bird and flower cartouches to the wasted neck. The vessel is supported on three animal mask-form feet.

ProvenanceCollection of the late Soame Jenyns (1904-1976), then by descent within the family.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 6 November 2018