A bronze ritual wine vessel (jue), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 7,000 — 9,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
of a deep U-shape, supported on three splayed blade-form legs, the body cast with a pair of taotie masks against a leiwen ground, the spout flanked by a pair of capped finials, the side set with a loop handle over a single pictograph reading min, the surface with patches of malachite and ferrous encrustation. Height 7 3/4 in., 19.7 cm
Provenance: Property of Dr. Kiyoshi Hosoi of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sotheby's Los Angeles, 13th October 1975, lot 12.
Christie's, lot 128 (according to label).
Notes: The pictograph min is likely a clan name. A similar jue was sold in these rooms 20th March 2010, lot 10.
The present lot had conservation work done to it by the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1993.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art New York, 17 mars 2015, 02:00 PM