• 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 18

    AN INLAID BRONZE BIRD-FORM FINIAL

    LATE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    AN INLAID BRONZE BIRD-FORM FINIAL
    LATE EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, 5TH-4TH CENTURY BC
    The tubular socket pierced through the sides and surmounted by a seated bird with long neck and large beak, the body detailed with feathers and the back formed by an animal head with open mouth from which issues an openwork rectangular panel enclosing a crouching feline, with silvery patina and green encrustation; together with an unusual cock's head finial, late Eastern Zhou dynasty, the sides cast in low relief with the details of the head, and surmounted by a plain scalloped flange tapering to the sharp edges
    3½ and 3¼ in. (9 and 8.2 cm.) high (2)


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    Provenance

    Both: C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Second: Frank Caro, New York, 1959.


    Exhibited

    Second: Exhibition of Chinese Bronzes, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1939, no. 68.
    Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, p. 43, no. 104.
    4000 Years of Chinese Art, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1958, no. 66 (not illus.).
    Both: Arts of the Chou Dynasty, Stanford University Museum, California, 21 February - 28 March 1958, p. 58, no. 154 and no. 155 (not illus.), respectively.