A rare 'Longquan' celadon censer, Song dynasty (960-1279)

Lot 534. A rare 'Longquan' celadon censer, Song dynasty (960-1279); diameter 5 1/2 in., 14 cmEstimate 60,000 — 80,000 USDLot sold 104,500 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

the cylindrical body with straight sides rising to a flat, inward canted rim, the body decorated with three raised triple filet bands and raised on three ruyi-shaped feet, covered on the inside and exterior with a crackled, luminous glaze of blue-green tone thinning to a pale tone at the edges, the unglazed edge of the tapering footrim on the underside revealing the body burnt russet-orange in the firing.

ProvenanceChristie's New York, 19th September 1999, lot 303.

Sotheby's. Harmony of Form, Serenity of Color: A Private Collection of 'Song' Ceramics, New York, 23 march 2011