Lot 2008. A bronze ritual wine vessel, jue, Shang dynasty, 13th-12th century BC; 8 1/8 in. (20.3 cm.) high. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000. Price Realized USD 11,875. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
The deep body is raised on three tall blade-form supports and is cast on the sides with three bow-string bands interrupted under the handle by a two-character inscription, bing ding. A pair of posts with conical caps rises from the rim either side of the long spout. The bronze has a mottled dark grey and reddish patina and areas of heavy encrustation.
Provenance: William H. Wolff, New York; Sotheby's New York, 28 May 1991, lot 101.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014