• 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 1073

    A RARE BRONZE ARCHAISTIC ANIMAL-FORM WATER POT

    SONG/MING DYNASTY, 12TH-17TH CENTURY

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    A RARE BRONZE ARCHAISTIC ANIMAL-FORM WATER POT
    SONG/MING DYNASTY, 12TH-17TH CENTURY
    Hollow cast as a crouching mythical beast with curved horns and wings rising from the front haunches, with a tubular neck rising from the back and an oval cup projecting from the lower jaw below a small hole in the mouth, with dark patina and 'malachite encrustation'
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) long


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    Although previously published by Desmond Gure as Wei dynasty (see Literature), this rare water pot appears to be based on Six Dynasties prototypes such as the example in the Qing Court collection illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 28 - Bronze Articles for Daily Use, Hong Kong, 2006, no. 137. The animal in the Palace example is a more robust and vital creature and the cup held in its mouth is an ear-cup. It still retains the tubular water dropper in the opening in the back, which the present vessel also would have had.

    Provenance

    Desmond Gure Collection, 1968.


    Literature

    D. Gure, "An Early Jade Animal Vessel and Some Parallels", T.O.C.S., vol. 31, London, 1957-1959, pp. 75-82, pl. 26a.
    D. Gure, "Selected Examples from the Jade Exhibition at Stockholm, 1963, A Comparative Study", B.M.F.E.A., no. 36, Stockholm, 1964, pp. 117-58, pl. 18 (1a and 1b).