• Important Chinese Ceramics and auction at Christies

    Sale 2731

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    1 December 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1966

    A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE WINE VESSELS, HU

    Price Realised  

    A RARE PAIR OF BRONZE WINE VESSELS, HU
    SPRING AND AUTUMN PERIOD (770-476 BC)

    Each with a compressed pear-shaped body, very crisply cast with four horizontal registers of scroll decoration, the wide lower band with large 'C', 'G' and 'S'-patterns against a triangular leiwen-ground, below a register of stylised double-headed dragons, the waisted neck with rounded lappets repeating the decoration on the main band, and flanked with a pair of handles formed with two mythical animals, suspending loose flattened rings, all raised on a splayed foot cast with overlapping U-shaped designs, the surface with a smooth grey-green patina, one hu set with a crown of eight openwork everted lappets
    24 5/8 in. (62.5 cm.) and 21 1/4 in. (54 cm.) high (2)


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    This type of massive wine vessel, hu, with the unusual triangular leiwen and such finely cast mask handle is extremely rare. Compare a related similarly cast vessel, but smaller in size (32.1 cm high) and bearing a commemorative inscription of 143 characters, in the Shanghai Museum collection, illustrated in Zhongguo Wenwu Jinghua Dacidian, Qingtong Juan, Commercial Press, Hong Kong, 1996, no. 0700, dated to the late Spring and Autumn period.

    Provenance

    Sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 7 July 2003 (catalogue dated 28 April 2003), lot 621, previously acquired in 1988


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