Lot 437. A rare archaic bronze tripod ritual food vessel and cover, ding, Middle Western Zhou Dynasty; 27.1cm (10 1/4in) high. Sold for £ 31,500 (€ 36,585). © Bonhams

The sides cast with a band of interlocking stylised dragons, a pair of upright loop handles set just below the rim, supported on three tall curling legs, the flat cover cast with a loop finial and surrounded by three evenly-spaced L-shaped finials, Japanese wood box.

Provenance: a Japanese private collection, acquired before the 1960s
The Masaki Museum of Art, Tadaoka, Japan
Sotheby's New York, 11 September 2012, lot 94.

Published, Illustrated and Exhibited: Roger Keverne Ltd., Summer Exhibition, London, 2013, no.3.

Note: For a discussion about this type of covered ding and illustrations of related forms see J.Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M.Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, Washington pD.C, 1990, pp.271-277, fig.15.5 and no.16.

Bonhams. Roger Keverne Ltd Moving On (Part II), London, New Bond Street, 7 Jun 2021