AN ARCHAIC BRONZE POURING VESSEL, YI WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
- 37.4 cm, 14 3/4 in.
Seized by the Nazis in October 1940.
In deposit at the Jeu de Paume museum (ref. Ka 121).
Transfered at Altaussee salt mine art center, Austria.
Restituted to owner in July 1947.
Collection of He'le'ne Kann-Bokanowski, Paris.
Compare a similar yi, with a five-character inscription, in the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, published in Zhongguo qingtongqi quanji, vol. 6, Beijing, 1998, pl. 147; one from the Bella and P.P. Chiu Collection, illustrated in Jessica Rawson, The Bella and P.P. Chiu Collection of Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1988, pl. 31, and sold in these rooms, 7th June 2000, lot 12; one with inscriptions from the collection of Mrs Walter Sedgwick, illustrated in William Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, London, 1962, pl. 49a; another excavated from a site of the state of Zeng in Jingshan county, Hubei province, illustrated in Hubei jingshan faxian zengguo tongqi [Bronze vessels of the Zeng state discovered in Jingshan, Hubei], Wenwu [Cultural Relic], 1972, vol. 2, pp. 51; and a fifth example, sold at Christie’s New York, 22nd/23rd March 2012, lot 1511.