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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 354

    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING

    EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, ERLIGANG PHASE, 15TH CENTURY BC

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    A RARE BRONZE RITUAL TRIPOD FOOD VESSEL, DING
    EARLY SHANG DYNASTY, ERLIGANG PHASE, 15TH CENTURY BC
    Raised on three tall conical supports tapering to small elliptical flat bases and with ridged outer and inner edges, the deep, rounded body cast with a band of three thin bow-string bands, with a pair of loop handles rising from the inwardly-canted everted rim, with silvery-grey patina and extensive pale blue-green encrustation
    8 5/16 in. (21 cm.) high, wood box


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    Similar ding of this early type include one unearthed from a tomb in Shaanxi, illustrated in Shaanxi chutu Shang Zhou qingtongqi, Beijing, vol. 1, p. 57, no. 52; one unearthed in Henan province, illustrated in Henan chutu Shang Zhou qingtongqi, Beijing, 1981, vol. 1, p. 44, no. 41; and another, from the collection of Richard J. and Jean D. Salisbury, included in the exhibition, Ancient Chinese Bronze Art: Casting the Precious Sacral Vessel, China Institute in America, New York, 1991, no. 3.

    Provenance

    Joe Yuey, San Francisco, 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MACPHERSON


    Exhibited

    San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, no. 5.