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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 521

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, FANGDING

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, FANGDING
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH-10TH CENTURY BC
    The slightly tapering rectangular body raised on four tapering columnar supports cast at the top with taotie masks with rams horns that project at the tips, each centered on a hooked flange repeated at the corners of the body which is cast in high relief on each side with rows of pointed bosses framing a rectangular panel of vertical ribs, all below a small hooked flange flanked by two long-tailed birds reserved on a leiwen ground, with a pair of bail handles rising from the everted rim, with mottled green and brown patina
    9 1/8 in. (23.3 cm.) high


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    Ding vessels with this decoration appear to be very rare. However, a closely related, though slightly larger (28.5 cm. high) example is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where it is dated to the 10th century. See W. Watson, The Arts of China to AD 900, Yale University Press, 1995, p. 32, no. 65. While some differences in the Nelson-Atkins example can be seen, including the confronted kui dragons flanking the bail handles, the pronounced horns of the taotie adorning the legs, and the flanges on the sides of the vessel which extend through the panel of vertical ribs, the subject matter, configuration, and proportions are nearly identical.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1997.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF WALTER HOCHSTADTER