Lot 153. A fine bronze ritual food vessel (ding), Early Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BC. Height 6 3/4 in., 17.1 cm. Estimate 60,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 162,500 USD. Photo Sotheby's.
the trilobed body supported on three columnar legs, each lobe centered with a taotie mask with protruding eyes, reserved on a dense leiwen ground, the lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, a later added two-character pictogram below the interior rim.
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James K. Cull, London, circa 1930s.
Collection of Max Loehr (1903-1988) art historian, Prof. of Chinese Art, Harvard University and Curator of Oriental Art, the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York.
Exhibited: J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 4 to 30, 1993, Chinese Archaic Jades and Bronzes, no. 118.
Literature: W. Perceval Yetts, The Cull Chinese Bronzes, Courtland Institute of Art, University of London, 1939, no. 2, pl. II, pp. 3-5.
J.J. Lally & Co., New York, June 4 to 30, 1993, Chinese Archaic Jades and Bronzes, no. 118.
Sotheby's. Important Chinese Works of Art, New York, 17 march 2015, 02:00 PM