Lot 204. A very fine archaic ritual bronze 'dragons' wine vessel, hu, Early Warring States Period (475-221 BC); 25.5cm (10in) high. Estimate HK$ 800,000 - 1,200,000 (€ 91,000 - 140,000). Unsold. © Bonhams 2001-2021

The globular body rising from a waisted short foot decorated with open-work phoenixes, its sides crisply cast with three bands of tight abstract kui dragons between three raised borders inlaid with copper scrolls, with overall mottled green, red and blue encrustation, box.

ProvenanceJ. J. Lally & Co., New York, 17 April 2004.

Note: Compare with a closely related archaic bronze hu, early Warring States Period, in the Shanghai Museum, which is illustrated by P.F.Chen in the Xiashangzhou qingtongqi yanjiu: Dongzhou xia (The Study of Archaic Bronzes in the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties: VII of Eastern Zhou Dynasty), Shanghai, 2004, pl.567.

Bonhams. Fine Chinese Works of Art, Hong Kong, 2 Dec 2021