12 septembre 2021

An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel and cover (Zhi), Late Shang-early Western Zhou dynasty

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Lot 29. An archaic bronze ritual wine vessel (Zhi), Late Shang dynasty-early Western Zhou dynasty. Height 8⅛ in., 20.5 cmEstimate: 30,000 - 40,000 USDUnsold. © Sotheby's 2021

the compressed pear-shaped body of oval section rising from a tall, slightly splayed foot to a flared rim, the waisted neck flanked by a pair of lug handles and decorated with borders of geometric motifs echoed on the foot, all below a frieze of cicadas encircling the rim, the domed cover with a scrollwork border against a leiwen ground, surmounted by a finial cast with taotie masks.

Provenance: Sze Yuan Tang Collection.
Bonhams Hong Kong, 24th November 2013, lot 571.

Note: Compare an example of similar form also decorated with stylized cicadas in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, Shang, vol. 2, Beijing, 1997, pl. 133, and another similar zhi vessel illustrated in Robert Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Cambridge, 1987, fig. 49.20.

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 21 September 2021


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