AN ARCHAISTIC PARCEL-GILT SILVER-INLAID BRONZE VESSEL (HU), QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
AN ARCHAISTIC PARCEL-GILT SILVER-INLAID BRONZE VESSEL (HU)
QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY
the quadrangular pear-shaped body standing on a tall pedestal foot and tapering to a waisted neck and galleried rim, the shoulders set with two phoenix-form handles, cast with a register of taotie with bands of phoenix above and pendent cicada blades and kuilong below, the sides with notched flanges, the base with a four-column inscription in archaic script from the Man Gong Fu xu
Height 18¼ in., 46.5 cm
Minor wear to the gild. Minor casting flaws, surface wear and scratches. Small dents and nicks to the edges. The base plate reattached and a crack running through that's been repaired. There's a gap (casting flaw) between the bottom of the vase and top of the stand.
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Collection of Leslie Gifford Kilborn (1895-1972).
Compare a very similar vase with the same inscription sold in these rooms, 17th-18th March 2015, lot 382. The inscription matches one from a Western Zhou dynasty xu, its whereabouts unknown, but its likeness and inscription preserved in ink rubbings. See also another similar vessel sold in our London rooms, 10th November 2010, lot 19. A larger related example, with an additional band of decoration and a different inscription, sold in these rooms, 20th March 2012, lot 77.
Leslie Gifford Kilborn was born into a family of missionary doctors who resided in China from 1891 to 1960. The Kilborns advanced the knowledge of Western medicine in China, and helped established the West China Union University in Chengdu, a highly regarded medical university that is still in operation today. Over the years, they amassed a wide range of Chinese art and antiques, many gifted to them by high officials and dignitaries.