Qianlong Cast with a prominent hollowed foot, the wide body rising to a waisted neck and flared mouthrim, the main facades each with a taotie mask and flanked at the sides with a pair of mythical beast handles, the interior with a four-character archaistic inscription; together with a wood stand and cover. 16.2cm wide. (3).
The form and shape of the current lot is actually recorded and illustrated in the Xi Qing Gu Jian, compiled in 1749 during the Qianlong period. An illustrated 1908 edition of a similar vessel to the current lot can be seen in Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 1990, p.21, pl.10.
Textual research during the Qing dynasty was recompiled and renewed in 1644. The Qing dynasty catalogues were republished by the scholars and wealthy families, where the Qing Imperial court amassed such a large collection that consecutive chronicles were needed to compile them all. The Qing palace bronze annals called 'Mirror of Antiquities in the Xi Qing Hall' or Xi Qing Gu Jian were successfully published in 1749, based on the Song works Bo Gu Tu Li. Every recorded vessel was depicted with detailed line drawings accompanied by ink rubbings of inscription complete with size and weight measurements.
Compare a very similar example of a Qing dynasty bronze gui currently preserved in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acquired by the museum in 1899, illustrated in Rose Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, Singapore, 1990, p.21, pl.11.
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