Lot 3289. A large bronze archaistic jar, lei, 17th-18th century; 19 1/8 in. (48.2 cm.) highEstimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000Price Realized USD 12,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2015

The jar is cast in relief on the body with a band of pendent blades enclosing taotie masks between bands of archaistic kui dragons separated by flanges. The shoulder is decorated with a band of similar dragons separated by whorl motifs, and is flanked by a pair of handles in the form of phoenix heads. The neck is decorated with two bow-string bands below the galleried rim, Japanese wood box.

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 15 - 16 March 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza