• 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 1

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE

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

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The deep body raised on three blade-shaped legs and encircled by a pair of bow-string bands that end either side of the loop handle surmounted by a bovine mask, with a pair of posts with waisted finials rising from the rim, unusually cast on the outer side of one post and continuing onto the body below with a five-character inscription, with areas of pale green and some earth encrustation
    9 1/8 in. (23 cm.) high


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    The inscription may be read, "X made this precious [vessel] for Fu Yi".

    Provenance

    Sydney L. Moss, Ltd., London, 22 July 1966.


    Pre-Lot Text

    MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2009
    SALE 2389
    AT 4:OO PM PRECISELY

    PROPERTY FROM THE ARTHUR M. SACKLER COLLECTIONS (LOTS 1-115)

    Arthur M. Sackler, M.D., was one of America's foremost art collectors, the range of whose interests was extraordinary. These included Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern and Pre-Columbian art as well as European ceramics, sculpture, paintings and drawings from the mediaeval to the modern periods. His name lives on in many art-related projects: the Sackler Wing that houses the Temple of Dendur at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at Princeton University, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University. At the Smithsonian Institute, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is a museum for Asian and Near Eastern Art. In China, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology teaches museology to students in Beijing.

    In the Foreword to Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (1987), Dr. Sackler explained what he saw in different types of Chinese art that formed his vast collection:

    'China's aesthetics in different media peaked in different epochs. As I explored the arts of China, I found that the thrill I experienced viewing Shang bronze vessels was matched by the pleasures derived from the exquisite jade carvings of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, from the masterpieces of sculptures in clay, stone and wood from the Han dynasty on, from Tang dynasty ceramics and metalwork, from the furniture of the Ming dynasty; and from the beautiful and powerful paintings and calligraphy of the Ming and Qing dynasties'.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 648-51.