A rare archaistic gold-and-silver-inlaid bronze duck-shaped vessel Song/Ming Dynasty (2)

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Lot 112
A rare archaistic gold-and-silver-inlaid bronze duck-shaped vessel
Song/Ming Dynasty

HK$ 600,000 - 800,000
US$ 77,000 - 100,000
A rare archaistic gold-and-silver-inlaid bronze duck-shaped vessel
Song/Ming Dynasty
Well cast in the form of a duck standing on webbed feet, its beak transformed into a spout, the long curved neck decorated with two stylised bands of archaistic scrolls, its wings tucked into the sides, decorated with stylised scrolling designs, carrying a vase set with a overhead handle, the waisted neck rising to a flared mouth cast with two bands of floral designs, the body adorned with scrolls and spirals with details picked out in gold and silver inlay, wood stand. 14cm (5 1/2in) wide. (2).

Footnotes

  • 明 錯金銀鳧尊水注

    The prototype for this ewer would have been an archaic bronze zhou fu zun, published in the Song dynasty catalogue of paintings in the Imperial Collection, Chongxiu xuanhe bogutu (Revised Illustrated Catalogue of Xuanhe Profoundly Learned Antiquity). This catalogue includes bronzes in the Imperial Court Collection dating from the Shang to the Tang dynasty. See two examples of the bronze prototype from the Spring and Autumn period, illustrated by Rong Geng, Shang zhou yiqi tongkao, vol.2, no.694, p.386.

    Compare with a closely related but larger gold and silver-inlaid bronze duck-shaped vessel, Song dynasty, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century, Taipei, 2003, pl.I-39, p.63; and another in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, illustrated by R.Kerr, Later Chinese Bronzes, London, 1990, no.3, p.17. Compare also with two related pieces dated Song Dynasty, one illustrated by M. Goedhuis in Chinese and Japanese Bronzes A.D.1100-1900, London, 1989,pl.79; another one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and illustrated in Chinese Decorative Arts, New York, 1997, p.8. See also a closely related cloisonné enamel duck-shaped vessel, Qianlong mark and period, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in The All Complete Qianlong: The Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong, Taipei, 2013, p.199, no.II-3.9.

    Compare with a related but larger example, late Ming to early Qing dynasty, which was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 3 June 2015, lot 3309; and another example, 18th century, which was sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8 October 2010, lot 2720.

    水注取東周鳧尊之形,背部開口,曲項,扇尾,背鑄提樑,兩端作獸首,嘴部開流,頸部、肩部飾梅花瓔珞,花蕊錯金,腹部圓鼓,雙翼及尾翼錯金銀抽象鳥紋,雙足壯實,器可站立。

    此器原形見於宣和《博古圖錄》,記為周鳧尊,見(宋)王黼等撰,《博古圖錄》,明萬曆十六年(1588)泊如齋刊本,卷七,頁10。然目前所見青銅鳧尊最早只能到春秋時期,且無提樑和瓶頸,參考兩件藏於日本之春秋青銅鳧尊,見容庚著,《商周彝器通考》,卷下,頁386,編號694及695。晚明江南承平,好古收藏之風日熾,「真古」不可多得,「仿古」應運而生。晚明仿古不同於宋元仿古,後者多做禮器,而晚明仿古多是文人主理,案頭擺設,多有妙趣。此件鳧尊體量輕巧,應是以春秋古器為本,微縮而成,加之晚明奢華風氣,錯以金銀,則古色更添繁華。參考台北故宮藏一件錯金銀鳧尊,定為宋代,與本品如出一轍,惟體量較大,見《古色—十六至十八世紀藝術的仿古風》,台北,圖版I-39,頁63。另可比較維多利亞及艾伯特博物館藏一件錯金銀鳧尊,體量亦較大之,見柯玫瑰著,《Later Chinese Bronzes》,倫敦,1990年,圖3,頁17。另可比較另外兩件定為宋代之錯金銀鳧尊,一件著錄於M. Goedhuis之《Chinese and Japanese Bronzes A.D.1100-1900》,倫敦,1989年,圖版79;另一件為紐約大都會博物館藏,見《Chinese Decorative Arts》,紐約,1997年,頁8。參看台北故宮博物院藏一件清乾隆掐絲琺瑯鳧尊,著錄於《十全乾隆:清高宗的藝術品味》,台北,2013年,頁199,圖II-3-9。

    還可比較一件十八世紀的錯金銀鳧尊,較本件晚期,然形制猶存,2010年108日售於香港佳士得, 拍品編號2720;佳士得香港曾售出一隻不帶提樑的錯金銀鳧尊,亦資比較,2015年5月3日,拍品編號3309。
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