A rare and large archaistic bronze vase, gu, Ming dynasty (possibly Song, to be confirmed following
Lot 28
A rare and large archaistic bronze gold and silver-inlaid vase, gu Song-Ming Dynasty
Sold for £36,000 (US$ 56,332) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare and large archaistic bronze vase, gu, Ming dynasty (possibly Song, to be confirmed following
LATER BRONZES
A rare and large archaistic bronze gold and silver-inlaid vase, gu
Song-Ming Dynasty
Heavily cast in an imaginative archaic style as a square broad beaker vase, the central section cast on each bombé face with a taotie centred by a mythical animal head above a single large cicada-blade panel, the flaring neck with a similar panel on each face below stiff leaves and set at the sides with two archaistic bird handles, the spreading foot with two confronted roosting birds on each face and cast with standing winged bears as the feet at the corners, the details enriched with gold sheet and silver wire decoration on the highlights, the surface with an irregular shallow malachite-like patination resembling the water patina of archaic bronzes.
48cm (18⅞in) high.

Footnotes

  • The present lot is exceptional in its intricacy of form and detail of design. The form and decoration are inspired by archaic Shang and Eastern Zhou Dynasty bronze forms and Warring States inlaid decoration, illustrating that the bronze craftsmen who produced it had early pieces from which to draw inspiration. The square mid-section between the flaring square neck and rim and the splayed conforming foot, as well as the use of projecting animal heads at the shoulder, relate to the Shang Dynasty fang zun form as illustrated in R.W.Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, D.C., 1987, fig.115, p.99 and fig.186, p.127; the animal-shaped handles and supports relate to Eastern Zhou Dynasty fang hu, as illustrated by J.So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington, D.C., 1995, fig.41. p.34. The inlaid gold and silver decoration is closer to Warring States decoration, inspired by the early taotie mask, lappets and confronted mythical beast design reserved on the leiwen ground.
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