Lot 1318. A large gold and silver-inlaid bronze archaistic pear-shaped vase,hu, 18th century or earlier; 18½ in. (47 cm.) high. Estimate USD 18,000 - USD 25,000. Price realised USD 32,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2010.

Each side cast in high relief with a large taotie mask with protruding fangs, with furthertaotie bands on the neck, lug handles and foot, all inlaid in gold and silver.

NoteA large (16¼ in.) archaistic gold and silver-inlaid bronze hu of this type is illustrated by M. Goedhuis, Chinese and Japanese Bronzes, A.D. 1100-1900, 1989, no. 88, where it is dated late 17th/early 18th century.

Christie'sFine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza