Lot 3760. A carved archaistic bamboo-root vessel, zun, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795); 14.2 cm., 5 5/8  inEstimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Lot sold 175,000 HKD (20,117 EUR). Photo: Sotheby's

carved from a bamboo root, of flattened zun form with a flaring mouth above a compressed body and a tall splayed foot, the midsection divided into two registers and decorated on a ground of geometric angular scrolls, carved in low relief with confronted archaistic dragons in the upper register and a band of taotie masks below, set with vertical flanges in imitation of archaic bronze forms, the bamboo of a rich chestnut colour

Note: Another bamboo-root vessel of zun form from the Robert H. Blumenfield collection was sold in these rooms, 7th April 2015, lot 3030. Compare also the bamboo zun vessel in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo meishu quanji. Zhu mu ya jiao qi [Complete collection of Chinese art. Bamboo, wood, ivory and rhino], vol. 11, Beijing, 1987, pl. 43. 

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, Hong Kong, 07 Oct 2015