A bronze ritual wine vessel (gu), Late Shang dynasty, 13th-11th century BC. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
of slender form with a wide flaring trumpet mouth and tall spreading foot, cast around the central bulb with confronting kui dragons forming taotie masks centered on vertical flanges, a pictogram on interior of foot, the greenish-gray patina with malachite encrustation. Height 8 in., 20.3 cm
Provenance: A private New York collection formed between 1945-47.
Christie's New York, 1st - 3rd October 2007, lot 631.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art New York, 17 mars 2015, 02:00 PM