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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 349

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 10TH CENTURY BC
    The swelling body cast below the everted rim with a band of kui dragons in profile with clawed feet and scrolled tails reserved on a leiwen ground confronted on a small animal mask in relief on two sides, with a band of similar dragons on the tall, flared foot, two of the dragons centered by a narrow flange to form taotie masks, the vessel flanked by a pair of loop handles each surmounted by a bovine mask and terminating in a hooked pendent tab, with mottled pale green patina and some malachite and cuprite encrustation
    9 5/8 in. (24.3 cm.) across handles


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    Provenance

    Oscar Gerson, Berkeley, California, early 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, no. 9.