• 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 3

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The body cast with a band of narrow vertical ribs below a band of alternating dragons with backward-turned heads and whorl motifs reserved on a leiwen ground, centered on two sides by a bottle-horn dragon mask and on the other two sides by hare's heads that surmount the loop handles cast on the sides with long scrolls and on the bottom with pendent hooked tabs, the foot encircled by pairs of serpents separated by simplified masks on a leiwen band, the bottom of the interior cast with a four-character inscription, with olive-brown patina
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) across handles


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    The inscription may be read, "Yuan made this precious vessel".

    Provenance

    Van Heusden Collection.
    Acquired prior to 1966.


    Literature

    Zou An, Zhou jinwen cun, 1916, 3.117a.
    Liu Tizhi, Xiaojiao jingge jinwen taben, 1935, 7.22.1.
    Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wen cun, 1937, 6.23.6.
    W. Van Heusden, Ancient Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Chou Dynasties, (illustrated catalogue of the Van Heusden Collection), Tokyo, 1952, pl. XXI.
    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    Zhou Fagao, Zhang Risheng and Huang Qiuye, Sandai jijin wen cun zhulu biao, Taipei, 1977, no. 1337.
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 814.
    Hayashi Minao, "In Seishu kan no seido yoki no hennen", Toho Gakuho 50, 1978, gui 3.3.
    Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jian mu, Beijing, 1981, no. 1834.
    Hayashi Minao, Inshu jidai seidoki no kenkyu (Inshu seidoki soran ichi), Tokyo, 1984, vol. 2, pl. 111, gui no. 253.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 408-9, no. 49.