Collection of Chester Dale and Dolly Carter.
Sotheby's New York, 1st June 1972, lot 1.
Sotheby's New York, 2nd November 1979, lot 230.
The seven-character inscription includes a pictograph of a clan name, showing a human holding a large knife, and the characters that can be translated as ' made for Father Ding this honoured vessel'.
In its form, with its elegant swinging curves and contractions, and the style of the relief decoration, the present vessel is typical of fine Western Zhou dynasty bronzes of this type. According to Erdberg, ibid., p. 108, this zun was fashioned before the leiwen motif coarsened or disappeared and was probably made within the span of the first two generations of the Zhou dynasty.
For examples of zun with similar taotie decoration see several illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, Cambridge, Mass., 1990, pl. nos. 79-82 and figs. 79.1-3, 81.1 and 82.1. Compare also a vessel sold in these rooms, 4th November 1969, lot 17; one, also attributed to the Western Zhou period, sold in our New York rooms, 23rd September 1997, lot 116; and a third example of slightly smaller dimensions and with a more compressed body, sold in these rooms, 7th December 1993, lot 6.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale