A rare gold-splashed bronze archaistic vessel, hu Cast Xuande seal mark, 17th/18th century
Lot 299
A rare gold-splashed bronze archaistic vessel, hu Cast Xuande seal mark, 17th/18th century
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 61,956) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare gold-splashed bronze archaistic vessel, hu Cast Xuande seal mark, 17th/18th century A rare gold-splashed bronze archaistic vessel, hu Cast Xuande seal mark, 17th/18th century
A rare gold-splashed bronze archaistic vessel, hu
Cast Xuande seal mark, 17th/18th century
Heavily cast in the shape of an archaic hu vase, the bulbous body raised on a flaring foot and cast with four recessed panels on each flattened side around diamond-shaped bosses, all beneath a plain band with a single flange at the centre of each side and flanked by handles with stylised scrolls beneath the high neck, the vase splashed liberally with thick gilt. 37cm (14½in) high

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 銅灑金雙耳瓶 陽文「宣德年製」篆書款

    Provenance: an English private collection
    The base with an old typed label reading: Exhibited 1904 C.S.M.

    來源:英國私人收藏
    底部標籤: Exhibited 1904 C.S.M.

    The present lot is an outstanding example of the combination of Imperial and scholarly interest in Chinese archaic culture together with the confidence and ostentation of high Qing production. In its form, the hu vase dates back to the archaic ritual bronzes of the Shang Dynasty. The gilt-splash style of decoration was known to have been made in considerable quantities in the late Ming Dynasty, and it may be that the style developed as the result of an interest in archaism, either because gold splashes were found on some archaic vessels, or more likely that uneven patination gave the appearance of gold splash to later connoisseurs; see the discussion by H.Moss in relation to a small gilt-splashed hu vase in Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, no.160.

    Late Ming pieces however tend to be more modest in scale, and bold, monumental pieces such as the present lot suggest manufacture during the Qianlong period; see, for example, a related ring-handled hu vase from the Saint Louis Art Museum illustrated by P.K.Hu., Later Chinese Bronzes: The Saint Louis Art Museum and Robert E.Kresko Collection, Saint Louis, 2008, no.27.

    Compare a related gilt-splashed ring-handled hu dated to the 17th century and slightly smaller (30.5cm high), formerly in the collection of Thomas Barlow Barker, which sold at Sotheby's New York, 20 March 2012, lot 79.
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