A RARE INLAID ARCHAISTIC BRONZE VESSEL (POU), MING DYNASTY
A RARE INLAID ARCHAISTIC BRONZE VESSEL (POU)
well cast with the tapering sides rising from a flat foot to a round shoulder surmounted by a waisted neck and flaring rim, the body decorated with a dense modified-leiwen ground, each unit of the diaper centered with a boss inlaid with turquoise glass, traces of inlaid triangular lappet bands at the shoulder and foot, the interior with a pictogram, the patina dark brown with areas of malachite oxidation
Diameter 11¾ in., 30 cm
In overall good condition. Minor casting flaws throughout especially on the mouthrim. The mouthrim is slightly uneven. With verdipatination throughout the surface and encrustations in areas. The bottom has a casting line.
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Polish Private Collection, acquired in Poland in 1990s, and thence by descent.
The form of this vessel is based on pou ritual vessels of the Eastern Zhou through Han dynasties, an example of which can be found in the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (acc. no. B60B1031). Only a few archaistic vessels of this type have been recorded, and the present lot appears to be the only example cast with an inscription. Compare a bronze vessel of this type from the Prince Kung Collection, sold at American Art Galleries, New York, 28th February 1913, lot 306; and another sold in these rooms, 15th September 2018, lot 1077.