A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC

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A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue
Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC

Sold for £ 81,312 (US$ 111,811) inc. premium
A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue
Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC
The vessel with a deep U-shaped body rising to a pointed rim opposite a long channelled spout, flanked by a pair of posts capped with conical 'fire-whorl' medallions, all supported on three narrow tapered legs, the exterior intricately cast in low relief with two registers of taotie scrolls, one side set with a curved handle issuing from a bovine mask, a three-character inscription Shi Fu Gui cast beneath the handle, the surface with an overall greyish-green patina with areas of malachite encrustation. 20cm (7 7/8in) high.

Footnotes

  • 商晚期或西周早期,公元前12至10世紀 青銅饕餮紋爵

    Inscription:史父癸

    Provenance: Dr. Kyoshi Hosoi (1897-1975), Honolulu
    Rare Art Inc., New York, before June 1982
    An important European private collection
    Christie's London, 10 November 2015, lot 18
    A distinguished London private collection

    來源: 美國夏威夷檀香山Dr. Kyoshi Hosoi (1897-1975) 舊藏
    1982年6月前購自美國紐約古董商Rare Art Inc.
    歐洲重要私人收藏
    倫敦佳士得,2015年11月10日,拍品編號18
    倫敦顯赫私人收藏

    A bronze jue, 'Chih-fu-hsin' wine vessel, Shang dynasty (1766-1122 BC), of similar form and decoration, is in the collection of the National Palace Museum Taipei, see Masterworks of Chinese Bronze in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, pl.44. See also a jue with similar design on the main register and under the spout, illustrated by J.Rawson in Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, Washington D.C., 1990, vol.IIB, pp.639-639, no.105.

    A similar jue, late Shang dynasty, decorated with two bands of taotie scrolls but with a longer inscription, was sold at Christie's New York, 15 September 2011, lot 1102. Another related bronze jue, late Shang/Western Zhou dynasty, was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 8 November 2012, lot 228.
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A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC
A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC
A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC
A rare bronze inscribed ritual tripod wine vessel, jue Late Shang/early Western Zhou Dynasty, 12th-10th century BC
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