The Property of a Gentleman
A large archaistic bronze tripod steamer, yan
Probably Song Dynasty
The upper deep bowl cast around the exterior with a thin band of crisp leiwen symmetrically divided at three points by the stylised nose of a taotie mask, the upright loop handles entirely plain, the shoulders of the three plain legs heavily cast with stylised large-eyed animal masks, the surface attractively patinated with shallow malachite and darker areas, with three pictograms to interior, wood stand.
44.5cm (17½in) high without stand (3).