H0046-L73166579 (1)


Lot 102. Property From A Japanese Private Collection. An Archaic Bronze Wine Vessel and Cover, Zhi, Early Western Zhou Dynasty; 17.6cm., 6 7/8 inEstimate: 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot sold 68,750 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.

of pear shape with flaring mouth rim, cast on either side with a band of confronting birds, the pedestal foot encircled by two narrow ribs, the cover decorated with a similar band of confronting birds and a loop handle, the dark greyish-black patina with significant malachite encrustation, Japanese wood box. Quantity: 3

ProvenanceCollection of Yuzo Sugimura (1908-1978), according to inscription on box.

NotesThe inscription inside the cover and on the interior of this vessel may be translated as:

Biao Su made this sacrificial vessel.

zhi cast with a similar band of confronting birds over an undecorated ground, but lacking the cover, attributed through its inscription to the reign of King Cheng (c. 1042/35-1006 BC), in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, is illustrated in Ma Chengyuan, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Oxford, 1986, pl. 36. See also a zhi decorated with birds over a leiwen ground, sold in these rooms, 13th/14th November 1972, lot 236; and another sold at Christie’s London, 10th June 1974, lot 166.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, London, 13 may 2015