• 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 100

    A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD EWER AND COVER, HE

    MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)

    Price Realised  

    A GOLD AND SILVER-INLAID BRONZE ARCHAISTIC TRIPOD EWER AND COVER, HE
    MING DYNASTY (1368-1644)
    Based on Warring States prototypes, the compressed body raised on three bird-surmounted bear supports, and decorated around the sides with bands of archaistic scrolls inlaid in silver reserved on a leiwen ground, the bird head spout rising from spread wings and surmounted by a rat, the handle in the form of a mythical beast with arched body and openwork sides created by the entwined bodies of two serpents, the cover decorated en suite below a loop rising from two taotie masks
    11 in. (28 cm.) long


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    The design of this ewer is based on Warring States prototypes, such as the he with very similar openwork handle and spout illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji; Diaosu bian; Yuanshi shehui zi Zhangou diaosu, Beijing, 1988, vol. 1, p. 119, no. 149. See, also, the similar he sold in these rooms, 19 September 2006, lot 125.

    Provenance

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