The Property of a European Lady (lots 152-160)
A small archaistic gilt-bronze tripod vesesl, jia
Late Ming Dynasty
Supported on three slightly splayed feet, the body of flaring cylindrical form, the rim surmounted by a pair of posts capped by conical finials, set to one side with a stylised dragon-head handle, the body cast in low relief with taotie masks segmented by six notched vertical flanges spaced evenly around the body, below a band of upright lappets, the underside incised with two-character mark reading Yongxi (entirely glorious).
9.8cm (3⅞in) high