• 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 1007

    A BRONZE TRIPOD STEAMER, XIAN

    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

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    A BRONZE TRIPOD STEAMER, XIAN
    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The deep bowl cast in intaglio with a taotie band filled with black inlay below a pair of upright rope-twist handles, each mask centered between the three bovine masks hollow cast at the top of each leg, the bottom of the interior fitted with a hinged, rounded triangular grate pierced with five cross motifs, with a single character cast below the rim on the interior
    14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) high


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    The single character or graph is recorded by Zhou Fagao et al., Jinwen gu lin, 16 vols., Hong Kong, 1974-5, fulu, p. 613 (2256).

    Provenance

    Collection of Frank A. McMillan "Thornewood Castle"; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 29 May 1973, lot 2.


    Literature

    Chen Mengjia, Yin Zhou qingtongqi fenlei tulu (In Shu seidoki bunrui zuroku; A Corpus of Chinese Bronzes in American Collections), 2 vols., Tokyo, 1977, A132, R235.
    Sun Zhichu, Jinwen zhulu jian mu, Beijing, 1981, no. 1410.
    J. Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1990, pp. 334-9, no. 31.