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Carved 'Longquan' Celadon-Glazed Tripod Censer, Ming dynasty

Carved 'Longquan' Celadon-Glazed Tripod Censer, Ming dynasty

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This censer is characterized by its tripod form, which means it stands on three feet. Incense burners from the Ming dynasty are often highly regarded for their craftsmanship and the quality of the glaze texture and coloration. This piece features finely carved patterns that likely draw inspiration from traditional Chinese motifs. Such items were commonly used for burning incense and sometimes served as significant decorative pieces in ceremonial spaces or the homes of the elite.

Period: Ming Dynasty (1368~1644)
Region: Longquan, China
Medium: Stoneware - Celadon glazed
Type: Tripod censer
Size : 24.2 cm(Diameter) , 10.8cm(Height)
Provenance : Acquired in 1999, Hongkong

Reference : Sotheby's Newyork 26 September 2023 - CHINA / 5000 YEARS - Lot1135


* Ming Dynasty Longquan Celadon

Longquan celadon from the Ming Dynasty typically exhibits a more robust and heavier stoneware body compared to its Song Dynasty predecessors. The Ming era saw an evolution in celadon glaze, achieving a wider spectrum of green hues, from olive to bluish-greens. Ming celadons often had thicker glaze applications, sometimes featuring multiple layers and even multiple firings to attain depth and richness in the glaze.

In contrast, Song Dynasty Longquan celadons are known for their more refined and thinner bodies, with a glaze palette that tends toward more subtle and more uniform green shades. The shapes of Song celadons were usually simpler, emphasizing the glaze's quality and texture.

During the Song period, there was also a greater emphasis on subtle and elegant forms, with less ornate decoration compared to the Ming pieces, which showcased more elaborate decorative motifs, including incised or moulded patterns. Song Dynasty Longquan wares were also highly prized for their thin walls and lightness, reflecting a high level of technical mastery in pottery-making.

Overall, while both dynasties produced celadons of exceptional quality, the Ming Longquan celadons are distinguished by their bolder forms and more varied glaze effects, while the Song Dynasty celadons are celebrated for their simplicity and the pure beauty of their glazes.

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