Lot 4
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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, ZHI, AND A COVER SHANG DYNASTY

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Sold
20,000 GBP
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Description

  • bronze, wood
  • 15.5cm., 6 1/8 in.
the pear-shaped body rising from a tall splayed foot and surmounted by a flared mouth with lipped rim, cast around the neck and the foot with a leiwen band centred by a shallow flange on each side, the bronze with light malachite and azurite encrustations, matched cover and wood stand

Provenance

Collection of T.Y. King (by repute).
Collection of Dr Ernst Winkler, acquired in the 1940-1950s.

Catalogue Note

A zhi cast with a similar band of angular leiwen spirals, but lacking the cover, was sold at Christie’s New York, 22nd March 2012, lot 1506. Compare zhi of similar form decorated around the neck with a taotie band; such as one with cover, in the David Felix collection, sold at Christie’s New York, 2nd June 1989, lot 101; one, but with a taller foot, sold in our New York rooms, 18th March 2014, lot 10; and another cast with an archaistic scrolling band, recovered from the Western Sector of Anyang Yingxu, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, Western Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. IIB, Washington D.C., 1990, fig. 102.1.
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