Lot 2022. A bronze tripod ritual food vessel and cover, dui, Late Warring States period, second half 3rd century BC; 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) high. Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000. Price Realized USD 12,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
The vessel and cover are interchangeable, each of plain hemispherical form, with three dragon-form supports and a pair of ring handles.
Provenance: Alberts Antiques, Richmond, British Columbia, August 1997.
Note: A similar dui, reportedly from Anhui Shou Xian Zhujiaji, which is dated 2nd half of 3rd century BC, is illustrated by J. So in Eastern Zhou Bronze Ritual Vessels from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1995, p. 69, fig. 126. See, also, the example lent by the Chinese Government to The International Exhibition of Chinese Art, London, 1935-36, no. 580.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014