A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu Warring States Period  (4)

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Lot 109
A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu
Warring States Period

Sold for HK$ 940,000 (US$ 120,734) inc. premium
A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu
Warring States Period
Of pear form and square section, rising to a tall neck with lipped rim and supported on a straight-sided base, a pair of mask handles to either side with pendent ring handles, decorated overall with an intricate geometric design of three rows of a zigzag framework filled with symmetrical configurations of angular scrolls and hooks alternating with bands of C-scroll confronted dragon-head profiles, the pattern delineated by finely-inlaid gold wire and highlighted with small pieces of inset malachite, wood stand, wood box.
45.1cm (17 3/4in) high (4).

Footnotes

  • 戰國 錯金錯紅銅嵌松石鋪首銅方壺

    Provenance:
    Takayuki Masaki (1895-1985)
    Masaki Art Museum, before 1991
    Sotheby's New York, 11-12 September 2012, lot 100

    Published and Illustrated:
    Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Chinese Art of the Warring States Period, Osaka, 1991, p.59, no.57

    Exhibited:
    Nihombashi Takashimaya, Chūgoku Inshū dōki ten, Tokyo, 1958, no.76.
    Shinsaibashi Daimaru, Kodai Chūgoku seidōki meihin ten, Osaka, 1960, no.54.
    Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, Chūgoku senkoku jidai no bijutsu, Osaka, 1991, no.57.

    來源:
    正木孝之(1895-1985)
    日本正木美術館,約1991年及以前
    紐約蘇富比,2012年9月11-12日,拍品編號100

    出版及著錄:
    大阪市立美術館,《中国戦国時代の美術 金の輝きと精緻の技》,大阪,1991年,頁59,編號57

    展覽:
    日本橋高島屋,《中国殷周銅器展》,東京,1958年,圖錄編號76
    大丸大阪心斎橋心齋橋,《古代中國青銅器名品展》,大阪,1960年,圖譜編號54
    大阪市立美術館,《中国戦国時代の美術 金の輝きと精緻の技》,大阪,1991年,圖錄編號57

    Takayuki Masaki (1895-1985) was one the most highly regarded art collectors in Japan during the post-World War II period and the founder of the Masaki Art Museum in Osaka, Japan. Accumulated in just one generation, his collection consists of approximately 1300 objects including Chinese and Japanese lacquer ware, ink paintings, calligraphy and objects related to the tea ceremony.

    正木孝之(1895-1985)為日本「二戰」後被給予高度評價的收藏家之一,在眾多關係地區收藏家中備受矚目。他是日本大阪正木美術館的創辦人,館藏包括1300件東方美術品,其中包括3件國寶,13件重要文化財產,涵蓋繪畫、書法茶道、佛像、青銅器等,不勝枚舉。

    Examples of finely inlaid bronze fanghu vessels of this size and decoration are rare. Compare a smaller bronze inlaid fanghu (38.8cm high), Warring States period, excavated in Changde city, Hunan Province in 1993, with a similarly decorated zigzag design but without malachite inlay, illustrated in Zhongguo kaoguxue nianjian: 1996, Beijing, 1998, p.208. It appears that bronze vessels with malachite and copper inlay were more popular in Northern China, see for example a bronze copper and malachite inlaid fanghu with leiwen design excavated in Hebei in 1997, Warring States period, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, vol.9, Beijing, 1997, p.158, pl.155. Another related copper and malachite inlaid fanghu with geometric design was excavated in Henan, and is now in the National Museum of China, illustrated in ibid., vol.8, p.126, pl.142. See also three related examples in the Shanghai Museum: a copper and malachite inlaid fanghu with leiwen design, and two silver and malachite inlaid fanghu vessels with an overall diamond pattern, late Warring states period, illustrated by Chen Peifen, Xia shang zhou qingtongqi yanjiu: dongzhou bian 2, Shanghai, 2004, pp.438-442, pls.624-626.

    方壺厚唇,方頸微斂,溜肩下滑,鼓腹下收,圈足頗高,方正略侈,胸部兩側鑄銜環鋪首,全器以錯金線界圖,圖案內嵌松石,口沿下飾幾何形三角形一周,仰覆兩層,上層錯金,下層嵌松石,再下一層飾一周錯錯金卷雲紋,空檔填以松石,胸腹紋飾亦是以此安排,惟圈足錯簡化鳳鳥紋飾,轉折起框處填以松石,配民國硬木嵌癭木盒。

    此器宏製規整,金絲松石華麗炫目,體量如是者十分少見,而錯金嵌松石者更難一求。1993年湖南常德市出土一件戰國錯金銅方壺,高38.8公分,錯金紋飾同此件頗似,俱是三角形蕉葉紋,然不見嵌有松石,見《中國考古學年鑒1996》,北京,1998年,頁208。嵌松石的戰國方壺似乎集中於北方,可比較1977年河北出土的一件戰國中期勾連雲雷紋方壺,形制和本件類似,錯紅銅嵌松石,見《中國青銅器全集》,北京,1997年,卷9,圖版155,頁158;河南亦曾出土一件戰國中晚期錯紅銅幾何紋飾嵌松石方壺,現藏中國國家博物館,見前書,卷8,圖版142,頁126。上海博物館藏有數件戰國錯金屬嵌寶石的鋪首方壺可資參考,其中一件戰國晚期鑲嵌雲紋方壺,錯紅銅嵌松石,另兩件戰國晚期鑲嵌菱形紋和幾何紋方壺則錯銀絲嵌松石,見陳佩芬著,《夏商周青銅器研究:東周篇下》,上海,2004年,圖版624-626,頁438-442。
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A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu Warring States Period  (4)
A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu Warring States Period  (4)
A rare and large bronze gold-and-malachite-inlaid ritual wine vessel, fanghu Warring States Period  (4)
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