17 September 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A WELL-CAST BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, JUE
SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The deep U-shaped body raised on three blade supports and crisply cast in thread relief with two taotie masks reserved on a leiwen band, one confronted on a shallow flange, the other on the C-shaped handle, the rim rising to a peak opposite the long spout flanked by a pair of posts surmounted by conical caps, with a two-character inscription cast beneath the handle, with extensive blue-green encrustation
8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) high, wood box, stand
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Acquired in Tokyo in the early 1950s.
San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Hall of Flowers, Treasures of the Orient, Society for Asian Art, 1979, no. 6.