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A dehua tripod censer. Qing dynasty, 18th century

the globular rounded sides resting on three short feet modelled as beast heads, the sides encircled by a band of moulded ruyi heads, below a waisted neck and flat mouthrim, covered overall with an even niveous white glaze. width 10.1 cm., 4 in. Estimate 60,000—90,000 HKD

PROVENANCE: A Private Japanese Collection.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 08 Apr 09. Hong Kong www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's