Lot 4. A Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel, bianhu, Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220); 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) high. Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000. Price realised GBP 2,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Of oval form, applied to the shoulders with a pair of animal-mask handles suspending loose rings, the cover with a ring finial.
Provenance: The Marcel and Chantal Gerbe Collection, Switzerland, assembled in the 1970s and 1980s.
Purchased from the above in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by the current owner in 2012.
Exhibited: New York, Galerie Christian Deydier, The Marcel & Chantal Gerbe Collection, 16-24 March 2012, no. 5.
Christie's. A South American Private Collection, London, 5 December 2019