• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

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

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1001

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD WINE VESSEL, JUE
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC
    The deep body crisply flat cast with a band comprising two taotie masks formed by crouching dragons with quills, one mask divided by an inscription cast beneath the handle surmounted by a bovine mask, the pair of posts rising from the rim with rounded caps
    8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) high


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    The inscription beneath the handle may be read as a dedication to Ge Fu Xin. Ge is a clan sign.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1977.


    Literature

    R. Poor, Bronze Ritual Vessels of Ancient China, New York, 1968.
    N. Barnard and Cheung Kwong-yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, no. 1561 (S111).
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 636-7, no. 104.