A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue Shang Dynasty
Lot 383
A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue
Shang Dynasty
Sold for £62,500 (US$ 103,640) inc. premium
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A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue Shang Dynasty A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue Shang Dynasty A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue Shang Dynasty A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue Shang Dynasty
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The Property of a Gentleman 紳士藏品
A fine archaic bronze tripod pouring vessel, jue
Shang Dynasty
Crisply cast with two long-shafted mushroom-cap carrying poles on the upper edges, dividing a rising deep spout on one side and a sharply-pointed angled flange on the other, the body cast on both sides with a wide band of a taotie on a dense leiwen ground, the design divided vertically at the compass points by a toothed flange, and one side set with a monster-headed plain loop handle above a two-character pictogram, all standing on three plain flaring tall legs, the interior with extensive shallow malachite adhesions. 20.5cm (8 1/16in) high

Footnotes

  • 商 青銅饕餮紋爵

    Provenance: Sir Alan Barlow, GCB, KCB
    Sotheby's London, 8 December 1992, lot 2
    A European private collection

    Formerly on loan to the University of Sussex

    Illustrated: Michael Sullivan, Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow, London, 1963, pl.147a, no.B3

    來源:Alan Barlow爵士舊藏
    倫敦蘇富比,1992年12月8日,拍品編號2
    歐洲私人收藏

    此拍品曾借給英國富爾默的薩塞克斯大學;亦曾著錄在1963年倫敦出版Michael Sullivan著《Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow》,圖版147a,編號B3。

    The legend goes that Sir Alan Barlow began his collection when he purchased a Persian bowl as an undergraduate at Oxford, spending hard-won prize money. Through his interest in Persian ceramics, Sir Alan met collectors including George Eumorfopoulos, bought his first Chinese piece in 1922 and 'never looked back'. In 1933 he joined the Council of the Oriental Ceramic Society, and ten years later became its President, serving for 18 years.

    Sir Alan's collection is well known for its superb Tang dynasty ceramics, as well as Yue, Ding and Jun wares. However the archaic bronze pieces are also of very high quality, distinguished in particular for their beauty of shape, decoration and patina. The collection was later on long-term loan to the University of Sussex, and many pieces were subsequently transferred to the newly-refurbished Ashmolean Museum in 2011.

    The present lot can be related to jue found in the tomb of Fu Hao, a wife of King Wu Ding of the Shang dynasty and who died circa 1200 BC and was buried at Anyang: see another related jue illustrated by R.Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M.Sackler Collections, Harvard, 1987, no.13, which the author also compares to Fu Hao pieces. However the deeply cast decorative band, the slightly shorter proportions of the legs and the more rounded underside may suggest a slightly later date of 12th to 11th century BC, similar to another jue illustrated ibid., no.18. This also corresponds to the date suggested for the present lot by M.Sullivan in Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow, London, 1963, p.143-4 where the author also suggests that the second character of the mark may be Ran, possibly a family name.
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