Lot 154. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (gui), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th - 10th century BC. Length 11 1/2 in., 29.2 cm. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 175,000 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
the deep U-shaped sides flaring slightly at the mouth, cast with a taotie mask with large C-shaped horns and a bovine head in high relief on each side, the vessel flanked by a pair of loop handles each issuing from a bovine mask and terminating in a hooked pendent tab, the slightly flared foot decorated with a frieze of kui dragons, the silvery-gray patina with some malachite encrustation.
Sotheby's New York, 4th November 1978, lot 308.
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, New York.
Collection of Richard J. and Jean D. Salisbury.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 1 to 25, 1994, Archaic Chinese Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art, no. 53.
Literature: J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 1 to 25, 1994, Archaic Chinese Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art, no. 53.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, New York, 17 march 2015, 02:00 PM