Small Jizhou Tortoiseshell Censer
Southern Song Dynasty 1127-1279 AD, China
A small stoneware censer of archaistic tripod form with bulbous body and straight, flattened mouth rim. The mouth is surmounted by two squared lug handles. The body is covered with a blackish-brown glaze splashed with amber colored translucent glaze creating the appearance of mottled tortoiseshell. The pinched feet are unglazed, revealing a buff stoneware body.
From a private Japanese collection, together with an early 20th century, fitted and silk-lined wooden box of high quality. With Bunkacho export permit.
A similar piece from the Bernat Collection (but without handles) was published in the Sotheby’s catalog of their pieces from November, 1980. #128