23 mars 2019

A famille-rose celadon-ground tripod censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795)

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Lot 542. A famille-rose celadon-ground tripod censer, Qianlong seal mark and period (1736-1795). Width across handles 10 3/8  in., 26.3 cm. Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 USDLot Sold 37,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the compressed globular body resting on three cabriole feet, rising to a straight neck and a thick lipped rim, the shoulders flanked by two upright handles sweeping outward and pierced with rectangular apertures, enameled allover with a stylized floral scroll interspersed with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' against a bluish-celadon ground, a band of ruyi heads below the neck, a band of keyfret accentuating the rim and handles, a recessed double circle painted with pink enamel and puce floral scrolls on the underside, a six-character seal mark in iron-red within a rectangular cartouche at the rim.

Provenance: Sotheby's London, 12th December 1989, lot 439.

Note: It is rare to find a censer of this type and decoration on a celadon ground. For related examples of similar size but with different colored grounds, see one with a white ground sold in these rooms, 24th November 1981, lot 299; a yellow-ground example sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 28th April 1992, lot 188, and a pink-ground version recently sold at Christie's London, 15th May 2018, lot 262. 

For a Qianlong period celadon-ground tripod censer decorated with iron-red blossoms amidst stylized floral sprays, see one sold in our London rooms, 13th July 2005, lot 266. See also a Jiaqing seal mark and period celadon-ground example similarly decorated in famille-rose enamels with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems', sold at Christie's South Kensington, 12th May 2017, lot 391.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 20 march 2019


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