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Censer: OC.79 & A-1946

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Dense buff stoneware two handled tripod censer. Thick clair de lune glaze crackled and six splashes of purple. Two marks with rings and eight smaller ornaments in relief on the body. Three dragons, a rose, and two small ornaments in relief on the neck and handles. Black wood stand and cover with jade knob. Song or Yüan ware of Chun type. Chinese.


History note: Provenance: Yamanaka bought this in Shanghai in 1907 (Winter) for £265. It came from Han-kow and may have been stolen from Tuan-fang, the Viceroy. Yamanaka sold it to Larkin for £350. Raphael bought it after the Larkin sale at Christie’s 16th July 1918. Lot 270 when it fetched 210 guineas. Chinese Exhibition Orangerie Paris 1937.

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Oscar C.Raphael Bequest, 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 29.8 cm
Height: 48.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Song Dynasty
Circa 0960 CE - 1279 1279 CE

Components of the work

Stand: composed of wood Cover: composed of jade

Materials used in production

Glaze Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Glazing Relief

Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.79 & A-1946
Primary reference Number: 77830
Oscar Raphael: 37
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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