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Jade Censer, China, 18th/19th century, the compressed globular body of the censer is carved in low relief with stylized taotie masks interrupted by a pair of handles issuing from large dragon heads, allsupported on three lion-mask feet, dark green stone with pale green and white inclusions, dia. 6 5/8 in.
Provenance: Purportedly acquired by Baron von Kettler and passed on to current owner by descent.
Note: Baron von Kettler (1853-1900) joined the Imperial German diplomatic corps and was appointed the Plenipotentiary of the German Empire at Beijing in 1899. He was later killed in the Boxer Rebellion.
on one handle the top of the dragon's head has a small missing piece, a small depression in the interior (possibly from the manufacture process), natural hairlines/inclusions
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