Lot 510. A large 'Longquan' celadon-glazed tripod censer, Ming dynasty, 16th century. Width 11½ in., 29.2 cm. Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 USD. Lot sold 7,560 USD. © Sotheby's 2020.
the globular body divided into three broad lobes all supported on three sturdy legs and surmounted by an upright neck, an everted rim set with two rope-twist handles, the lobed sides carved with a diaper pattern bordered by an incised rope-twist at the shoulder and keyfret around the neck, covered overall in an olive-green glaze, the black-lacquered wood cover carved in openwork with fruiting and flowering branches (2).
Provenance: Collection of Rufus E. Moore (1840-1918).
American Art Association, New York, 30th January 1919, lot 833.
Collection of William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930), and thence by descent.