A rare Yue celadon tripod censer, Jin dynasty (AD 265-420)


Lot 1054. A rare Yue celadon tripod censer, Jin dynasty (AD 265-420); 7 1⁄2 in. (19 cm.) high, cloth boxEstimate USD 20,000 – USD 30,000Price realised USD 35,280. © Christie's 2022

The globular censer is supported on three small cabriole legs and is pierced with saw-toothed crescents and trianglar openings. The vessel is surmounted by a bird finial raised on a tripod tray with everted rim and is covered overall in a pale greyish-green glaze.

Provenance: Galaxie Art (B. K. Wong), Hong Kong, 29 November 1987.

Note: Reticulated Yue censers are very rare yet a few excavated examples have been published. A similar Yue censer, but with pyramidal, rather than crescent-form openings, excavated in 1974 from a tomb dated to the year 305 in Zhangwan, Dongfeng commune, Wuxi county, is in the collection of the Nanjing museum and illustrated in Complete Collection of Ceramic Art Unearthed in China, vol. 9, Beijing, 2008, no. 43, where several other yue examples were illustrated, nos. 54, 61, and 77.

The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. P122a26 is consistent with the dating of this lot.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 25 march 2022