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Lot 102. A pottery ritual wine vessel, fanghu, Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-221 BC); 45cm (17 3/4in) high. Sold for HKD 82,875 (Est: HKD 80,000 - HKD 100,000). © Bonhams 2001-2022

The faceted and waisted pear-shaped body raised on a square pedestal foot encircled by a band of bosses, moulded around the body with eight panels filled with phoenix patterns divided by pointed flanges, rising to a tall square neck decorated with stylised hui dragons, each side with an applied strap handle.

NoteThe shape of the present wine vessel is comparable with its contemporary bronze ritual wine vessels, see a mid Spring and Autumn period 'dragon' fanghu, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, Beijing, 1998, no.23; compare also a related Warring States period painted pottery hu, but with beast handles, in the Capital Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci quanji, Shanghai, 2000, vol.2, pl.189. See a further example of a bronze hu from the Robert and Jean-Pierre Rousset collection, recently sold at Bonhams Paris, 25 October 2022, lot 8.

Bonhams. GANBEI A TOAST TO CHINESE WINE CULTURE, 30 November 2022, Hong Kong, Admiralty