• 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 10

    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, YOU

    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER, YOU
    EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 11TH CENTURY BC
    Of pear shape and lenticular section, raised on a spreading pedestal foot encircled by two bow-string bands, the shoulder cast with a band of paired dragons with long horizontal quills confronted on a small taotie mask cast in relief on each side, the domed cover with deep collar cast with a similar dragon band below the segmented knop, with a ridged bail handle terminating at rings that attach to loops on the vessel and are obscured by horned ungulate masks, the interior of the vessel and cover cast with a single graph, with a smooth mottled grey and milky green patina, some malachite encrustation on the interior
    10 3/8 in. (26.3 cm.) high


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    The inscription, a single graph, is found on a large number of bronze vessels.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1965.


    Literature

    Luo Zhenyu, Yin wen cun, 1917, 1.28.3.
    Luo Zhenyu, Sandai jijin wen cun, 1937, 12.39.6.
    Zhou Fagao, et al., Sandai jijin wen cun zhulu biao, Taipei, 1977, no. 2564.
    Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jian mu, Beijing, 1981, no. 4573.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 495-9, no. 68.