London, South Kensington
14 November 2002
An archaic bronze wine beaker (Gu)
its flaring upper section cast with slender cicada lappets, above a narrow central section cast with taotie divided by shallow flanges above cruciform apertures, and spreading lower section with larger taotie on a liewen reserve, irregular malachite patination -- 10 7/8in. (27.7cm.), (crack to rim).
C.f H. F. E. Visser, Asiatic Art in Private Collections of Holland and Belgium, no.5, pl.4; and Mayuyama, Seventy Years, vol. 2, p.30
Formerly the property of Mrs D.G. VAN HOORN-GUTH,
Ex Sale July 11th, 1977 lot 172.
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