An Archaic Bronze Ritual Food Vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou Dynasty, 10th Century BC. Photo Sotheby's
cast with a swelling body below an everted rim with a band of archaic phoenix reserved on a leiwen ground confronting a small stylized animal mask on each side, the vessel flanked by a pair of loop handles each surmounted by a bovine mask and terminating in a hooked pendent tab, the mottled silvery-green patina with areas of malachite and azurite encrustation, wood stand, Japanese wood box (3). Height 5 5/8 in., 14.3 cm - ESTIMATION 80,000-120,000 USD
PROVENANCE: Japanese collection formed prior to World War II.
Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, New York | 11 sept. 2012 www.sothebys.com