PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION
AN ARCHAIC BRONZE RITUAL FOOD VESSEL, GUI
WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY
the deep U-shaped sides flaring slightly at the mouth, flanked by a pair of loop handles issuing from bovine masks and terminating in a pendent tab, cast around the body with a large band featuring a pair of prominent confronted kui dragons and centered on a raised mask forming a flange, the tall slightly flared foot decorated with a frieze of stylised birds, all against a leiwen ground
Width across handles 27.5 cm, 10¾ in.
The vessel has three small V-shaped sections of loss to the rim, one with an associated 2cm., vertical hairline crack, a shallow dent to the footrim and a light malachite and cuprite encrustation in particular to the interior.
"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."
Sotheby's London, 7th June 2000, lot 100.