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 Lot 120. An archaic bronze incised-decorated cylindrical box and cover, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC); 8.5cm (3 1/8in) high. (2). Sold for 7,650 € (Estimate 800-1  200 €). Photo Fabrice Gousset.

The unusual box decorated with incised designs of mythical birds and other creatures with two circular hoops for attachment.

Provenance: Robert Rousset, Paris (1901-1981), acquired prior to 1935.
Jean-Pierre Rousset, Paris (1936-2021).

Note: The present box may have been used to store needles and threads. Compare a similar example, late Zhou dynasty, formerly in the collection of Dr Franco Vannotti, illustrated in Mostra d'Arte Cinese / Exhibition of Chinese Art, Venice, 1954, p.36, no.74, and a related cylindrical box and cover, Eastern Zhou dynasty, illustrated by J.Rawson and E.Bunker, Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1990, pp. 128-129, no.37.

A related rare bronze cylindrical box and cover, Warring states period, was sold at Sotheby's New York, 22 March 2022, lot 44.

Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris. The Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection of Asian Art: A Century of Collecting - Part 1. Paris, 25 october 2022