Chinese jade two-handled censer and cover of rectangular form, ding, on four cylindrical legs, carved on each side with an intricate low relief archaic style taotie mask between other animal masks on a key-fret ground, the openwork handles surmounted with animal-head terminals, the cover carved with archaic design on a key-fret ground surmounted by an integral begonia flowerhead finial.
The stone pale celadon, one side with natural russet markings.
5 3/8 inches, 13.7 cm long handle to handle; 1 13/16 inches, 4.7 cm deep; 4 5/8 inches, 11.7 cm high.
Qianlong, circa 1770.
Provenance & Additional Information
- Sold by Louis Joseph, 28 Knightsbridge, London, 1960-1985, by repute.
- A similar ding is illustrated by Zheng Xinmiao in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 10, collection no. Gu 87845, no. 65, p. 95; another rectangular ding also with taotie masks bearing a Qianlong yuzhi mark, from the collection of Andrew K. F. Lee, was included by Humphrey K. F. Hui and Tina Yee-wan Pang in the exhibition of Virtuous Treasures, Chinese Jades for the Scholar’s Table, 2008, no. 6, pp. 48/9; another from the Marcia Israel Collection was included by George Kuwayama in Chinese Jade from Southern California Collections, an exhibition held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1976-1977, no. 45, p. 58.