Lot 664
  • 664

A LARGE COPPER-INLAID BRONZE RITUAL WINE VESSEL AND COVER (HU) EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, WARRING STATES PERIOD |

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 USD
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Description

  • Height 19 1/2  in., 49.5 cm
the ovoid body rising from a slightly splayed foot to a waisted neck, set at the shoulder with a pair of beast-mask handles, each suspending a loose ring, the exterior inlaid in copper with seven registers, rising sequentially as a frieze of confronting pairs of antlered deer flanked by addorsed pairs of long-tailed birds, confronting sinuous dragons flanked by scrolls, stylized taotie flanked by scrolling kuilong, confronting pairs of writhing dragons, and two registers of confronting mythical birds with coiling tails, the domed cover with further pairs of birds divided by four upright hooked ring finials, the vessel and cover with areas of heavy malachite encrustation (2)

Provenance

Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (1929-2014), no. B3202.
Sotheby's New York, 19th March 2002, lot 28.

Catalogue Note

Compare closely related hu of this type, with the design similarly laid out in seven registers, such as one, lacking the cover, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from the Havemeyer Collection, exhibited in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1993, pl. 160; and another, in the Art Institute of Chicago, from the Buckingham Collection, published in Charles F. Kelley and Ch'en Meng-chia, Chinese Bronzes from the Buckingham Collection, Chicago, 1946, pl. LIX; one with the cover, in the Fujii Yurinkan Collection, Kyoto, illustrated in Weber, ibid., fig. 37a (line drawing).
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