• 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 11

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
    Both the bowl and the spreading pedestal foot cast with a band of alternating bosses and stars, the band below the flared rim interrupted by horned animal heads surmounting the C-scroll handles cast at the bottom with large flat bird-claw pendants, with an inscription of five large characters cast in the bottom of the interior, the satiny mottled green patina with areas of malachite green encrustation
    10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) across handles


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

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1966.


    Literature

    Duan Fang, Tao Zhai jijin lu, 1908, 1.48.
    Zou An, Zhou jinwen cun, 1916, 3.113b.
    Wu Dacheng, Ke Zhai ji gu lu, 1918, 8.9.
    Liu Tizhi, Xiaojiao jingge jinwen taben, 1935, 7.26.2.
    Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wen cun, 1937, 6.30.1.
    Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (Inshu seidoki bunrui zuroku; A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections), Tokyo, 1977, A 180, R 291.
    Zhou Fagao, et al., Sandai jijin wen cun zhulu biao, Tapei, 1977, no. 1383.
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 757.
    Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jian mu, Beijing, no. 1913.
    Hayashi Minao, Inshu jidai seidoki no kenkyu (Inshu seidoki soran ichi), Tokyo, 1984, vol. 2, pl. 100, gui no. 165.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 404-7, no. 48.