A rare jade archaistic rectangular four-legged censer, fang ding 18th/19th century
Lot 190*
A rare jade archaistic rectangular four-legged censer, fang ding
18th/19th century
£25,000 - 35,000
US$ 33,000 - 46,000

Lot Details
The Property of a Gentleman 紳士藏品
A rare jade archaistic rectangular four-legged censer, fang ding
18th/19th century
Of archaic bronze form surmounted by a pair of upright loop handles, standing on four curving legs, each side carved with a taotie mask with vertical notched flanges in the centre and at the corners, the stone of greenish-grey tone, wood stand.
13.9cm (5½in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Jade House, Hong Kong, purchased on 24 September 1962
    A Canadian private collection

    十八/十九世紀 灰青玉雕饕餮紋出戟方鼎

    來源: 於1962年9月24日購自香港Jade House
    加拿大私人收藏

    The rectangular fang ding shape first appeared as archaic bronzes of the Shang Dynasty; see, for example, a bronze dated to the Anyang period from the tomb of the remarkable consort Fu Hao, illustrated by W.Fong (ed), The Great Bronze Age of China, New York, 1980, no.32. The use of the fang ding shape in the present lot reflects the Qing Dynasty interest in archaic forms as an evocation of the perceived morality and superior craftsmanship of ancient times. Compare a jade bowl of similar form but with a cover in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, Taiwan, 1997, no.2.

    See also a Qianlong mark and period dark green jade fang ding sold at Christie's London, 11 May 2010, lot 161. The form is also found during the Kangxi period used as a model for blanc-de-chine.
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