• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

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

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1266

    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
    Raised on a tall foot and with steep sides rising to a flared rim, cast around the body with a series of vertical ribs divided by a pair of handles issuing from bovine masks, between borders of alternating raised whorls and stylized taotie reserved on a leiwen ground, the upper band divided by a pair of taotie masks in high relief, the base of the interior cast with a five-character inscription, with some milky green and ferrous encrustation
    9½ in. (24.1 cm.) across handles


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The five-character inscription may be translated 'Father Gui made this vessel for grandfather Ding'.

    Provenance

    Arthur B. Michael Collection.
    Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York. Accession number 1942.16.382.
    Sotheby's, New York, 20 March 2007, lot 513.


    Literature

    S. Nash et. al., Albright-Knox Art Gallery: Painting and Sculpture from Antiquity to 1942, Buffalo, 1979, p. 102.
    Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu, Tokyo, 1977 reprint, no. A168, pl. 456.