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Thu, Jan 13, 2022 09:00AM EST
Lot 21

Chinese Carved Green Jade or Hardstone Censer with Stand

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

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late 19th/early 20th century, tripod censer with lingzhi handles suspending articulated rings, carved domed cover with tall three-lingzhi head knop set with three ring handles, the body carved with taotie masks and scrolls, supported on three short feet, 4-1/8 x 6-1/8 in.; fitted with a fine carved and pierced ivory stand, 164 grams, 1-1/2 x 4-1/4 in.

Provenance: The Estate of Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane, Brookline, Massachusetts; bequeathed to the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1942; re-entered the family via purchase during the 1970s; by descent in family

Note: Fogg Museum accession number 1942.185.142 and description "DARK GREEN JADE TRIPOD CENSOR AND COVER, with loose ring handles, cover with three loose rings, late 19th/early 20th century, Height 4-1/8" Width 2-3/8" With carved ivory stand. $539.00"

Monetary figure was the amount used by the estate for charitable tax deduction purposes with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1942.

Massachusetts collectors Ernest B. Dane and his wife, Helen Pratt Dane, bequeathed a significant collection of Chinese jade and "Numbered Jun" ware to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University in 1942.

Noted amongst this group is a jade wine vessel with dragon and phoenix, which can be viewed on the museum's website here:

For more on Harvard's collection of "Numbered Jun" ware, see

To view more jade items from the Dane estate at the Fogg Art Museum, search the acquisition date "1942.185." (jade items begin at number 80) at:

In addition to the highly important donation of Chinese art, Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane generously donated a fund for the future acquisition of Oriental art.


light scratches, natural inclusions and tiny surface pits; stand with some scratches, cracks