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    Sale 2269

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    19 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 520

    A RARE SMALL BRONZE TRIPOD POURING VESSEL, YI

    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH-7TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SMALL BRONZE TRIPOD POURING VESSEL, YI
    LATE WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 8TH-7TH CENTURY BC
    The hemispherical body raised on three cabriole legs and cast around the sides with two bands of pendent feather scale below a band of horizontal oblong scales interrupted by a pair of upright bail handles and a small spout cast as an animal head with upright ears, the decoration with black inlay and the backs and bottoms of the hollow legs exposing black core, with mottled green patina
    4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) across handles, box


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    Compare a yi of similar size (9.5 cm. high) and almost identical decoration, with its original cover adorned by human figures and dragons, excavated in 1989 in Shangguo village, Wenxi county and now in the Shanxi Archaeological Research Institute, illustrated in Selected Cultural Relics from Local Museums in Shanxi: Bronzes, Shanxi, 1995, p. 53, no. 81, where it is dated late Western Zhou.

    The shape of this yi is also similar to that of an excavated example with cover (6.5 cm. high) from Shanxi Houma Shangmacun M14, dated 7th century BC, illustrated by J. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, p. 347, fig. 69.3. The legs and handles are similar to those of the present vessel and the spout is also in the shape of an animal head. Similar bands of feather scales can also be seen below an upper dragon band. The cover of the Shanxi yi is surmounted by a standing dog.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1997.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF WALTER HOCHSTADTER