Lot 387
  • 387

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL, LEI EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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Description

  • bronze
  • 37cm., 14½in.
rising from a slightly recessed circular base, the baluster body set to each side with mythical beast-form handles, the wide neck with everted rim, cast around the sides with four registers of conjoined S-shaped dragons, interspersed by borders of pendant lappets and over-lapping scales, the bronze with a greenish brown patina with patches of malachite encrustation

Provenance

Sotheby's London, 10th June 1986, lot 43a.

Condition

The lei has a 6 x 8cm and another 1.5 x 1.5cm recessed area below the rounded shoulders, also visible from the catalogue illustration. Minor areas of loss and small nicks, the largest measuring 1 x 1cm. The casting on the handles are slightly obscured. General wear to the patina and speckled patches of malachite encrustation throughout.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."