• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    A VERY RARE BRONZE HUMAN-FORM WATER DROPPER

    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)

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    A VERY RARE BRONZE HUMAN-FORM WATER DROPPER
    HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
    Hollow cast as a kneeling figure wearing only a breech-cloth, the smooth face cast with small mouth, prominent nose and tapering ovoid eyes, all flanked by projecting ears with long, pierced lobes, wearing a cap tapering to a point in back and cast with a beaded border and tight coils surrounding a central aperture with short collar to accomodate the long tubular water dropper, his slender arms bent forward and the extended right hand holding a pricket on which is fitted a separate pole entwined by a slender dragon, with extensive malachite green encrustation
    9 1/8 in. (23 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Reputed to be from Than Hoa, Vietnam.
    Paul Huo Collection, Beijing.
    Osvald Sirén Collection.
    D. David-Weill Collection; Sotheby's, London, 29 February 1972, lot 149.


    Literature

    O. Sirén, A History of Early Chinese Art: Sculpture, London, 1929-30, vol. III, 3A.
    O. Jansé, Archaeological Research in Indo-China, pl. 11; together with another figure of similar type, pl. 56, fig. 2 and pl. 57.
    S. Elisséeff, 'Les Motifs des Bronzes Chinois', Revue des Arts Asiatiques, 1934, pl. LXX, fig. 1.
    O. Jansé, 'Mission archéologique en Indochine', Revue des Arts Asiatitques, vol. IX, 1935, pp. 144-53.
    O. Jansé, 'Breaking New Archaeological Ground in Indo-China', Illustrated London News, 13 July 1935.


    Exhibited

    Bronzes chinois des dynasties Tcheou, Ts'in et Han, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1934, no. 118.
    International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-36, no. 108.