A very rare large blue and white inscribed tripod censer for the Islamic market Circa 1500

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Lot 35
A very rare large blue and white inscribed tripod censer for the Islamic market
Circa 1500

Sold for £ 41,825 (US$ 51,404) inc. premium
A very rare large blue and white inscribed tripod censer for the Islamic market
Circa 1500
The heavily-potted broad cylindrical vessel painted around the exterior with three large rectangular panels enclosing hadith, or sayings of the Prophet, in Arabic script, divided by three smaller panels centred with a quatrefoil panel enclosing various Arabic phrases of Glory, Power and Forgiveness and all reserved on a dense lotus scroll, all below a wide band of Persian script at the everted rim and supported on three short cabriole legs (hairline rim crack),
24.5cm.(9 5/8in.) wide

Footnotes

  • For a similarly-painted censer with roundels enclosing Arabic script, see Hobson, The Eumorfopoulos Collection, Vol.4, no.D73, pl.XIII; and for another, see M.Medley, Illustrated Catalogue of Ming Polychrome Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, no.771, pl.VII

    It is interesting to note that the Persian script is not easy to read, probably a consequence of the Chinese painter finding the original script difficult to copy
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