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An archaic bronze tripod vessel and spoon, jiaodou. Han Dynasty

The rounded sides rising to the wide flared rim, the handle with a zoomorphic head, possibly in the form of a camel, supported on three elongated legs, the curved spoon with a deep ladle. The Jiaodou 33cm (13in) long, spoon 19.5cm (7¾in) long. (2).. Estimate: £6,000 - 8,000. Unsold

Provenance: Dunlop Collection, Toronto
Frank Crane, Hundred Antiques, circa 1970
Yan Collection, New York, purchased by the present owner circa 2000

Note: Compare a related vessel in the Victoria and Albert museum, London, dated by inscription to 36BC, with a mythical-beast head and shorter legs, illustrated by A.J.Koop, Early Chinese Bronzes, London, 1924, pl.59a. For a related jiaodou with a duck-shaped handle and spout, see Lu Yao, Lee Kong Chian Art Museum, Singapore, 2000, pl.372.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Art, 14 May 2009. New Bond Street www.bonhams.com