Chinese Tripod Censer with Tea Dust Glaze

A Chinese censer of globular form, covered in rich tea dust (teadust) glaze. Heavily potted. This form was more common in the Ming Dynasty. The age and origin of this piece is still being determined.

Description

A Chinese censer of squat globular form, covered in rich tea dust (teadust) glaze. Heavily potted. This form was more common in the Ming Dynasty. The age and origin of this piece is still being determined. This censor was fired on clay wads to prevent the glazed feet from sticking to the kiln and to support the heavy center portion and prevent sagging. According to Gotheborg.com: “During the Qianlong period this feature was a deliberate occurrence even if the item wasn’t actually fired on supports to simulate the archaic look, i.e. Song copies or those wares inspired by them”. Given the Qianlong emperor’s affinity for tea dust glaze and early porcelains, it is easy to defend this piece being from this period of time (1735-1796).

Approx: 8″ in diameter over all and 3″ tall (D-205 mm, H-75mm)

See other simular:

https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_1947-0712-242

https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_1984-0202-50

https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/A_PDF-A-654

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