A rare archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, hu Warring States Period (3)

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Lot 108
A rare archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, hu
Warring States Period

Sold for HK$ 327,500 (US$ 42,119) inc. premium
A rare archaic bronze wine vessel and cover, hu
Warring States Period
The ovoid body raised on a slightly flaring foot, and engraved with stylised cloud scrolls within bands and triangles, between three bands of concave strings, the shoulder flanked by mask-and-ring handles under a waisted neck engraved with stylised plantain leaves filled with stylised cloud scrolls, the slightly-domed cover cast with three handles and engraved with a stylised cloud band, the bronze of dark brown patina, box. 35cm (13 3/4in) high (3).

Footnotes

  • 戰國 青銅雲紋壺

    Provenance:
    Huaxia Tang Collection, Taiwan

    來源:
    台灣華夏堂收藏

    The engraved patterns were probably filled in with red lacquer, a few traces of which remain in some grooves. Bronzes tended to be lavishly decorated during the Spring and Autumn and Warring States period, and were sometimes inlaid with gold, silver, precious stones, glass, as well as lacquer. Compare with a very similar bronze hu, late Warring States period, in the Hubei Provincial Museum, illustrated in the Zhongguo Qingtongqi Quanji (Complete Collection of Chinese Bronzes), Beijing, 1996, pl.40.

    隆蓋,頂鑄三抽象獸形鈕,蓋面深刻變體卷雲紋,壺平口,頸微束,下方鏨刻變體蕉葉紋,內飾變體雲氣紋,溜肩,肩部兩側分鑄一對獸面紋銜環鋪首,腹部下收,肩腹飾三匝凹弦紋,期間飾變體三角雲氣紋,圈足高企而外撇,飾雲氣紋,鏨刻紋飾內或填朱漆,幾乎全失,足內留有範土,皮色暗沉古穆。

    戰國銅器走向繁複雕琢,或錯金銀,或嵌紅銅,更有填漆之裝飾,華麗非常。湖北博物館藏一件戰國晚期雲紋壺與本拍品如出一轍,尺寸亦類似,見《中國青銅器全集》,北京,1996年,編號40。
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