AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT GOLD, SILVER AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED BRONZE VESSEL (FANG HU), WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH / 3RD CENTURY BC
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND IMPORTANT GOLD, SILVER AND GLASS-EMBELLISHED BRONZE VESSEL (FANG HU)
WARRING STATES PERIOD, 4TH / 3RD CENTURY BC
戰國 公元前四 / 三世紀 青銅錯金銀嵌琉璃乳釘紋方壺
of square section, set atop a straight foot with the swelling belly rising to a slightly flaring neck and surmounted by a slightly domed cover set with four bird-shaped finials, each side of the vessel decorated with a complex design of diamond-shaped glass plaques set into cast recesses of conforming shape, surrounded by wide bands of enlaced lines and volutes inlaid in silver, with raised circular bosses embellished with gold-sheet set at regular intervals, on two sides the shoulder set with an animal mask handle suspending a loose ring, with glass plaque and silver inlay, and raised bosses, the dark brown patina with green malachite encrustation (2)
Height 13¾ in., 35.1 cm
In excellent overall condition, with the inlays and embellishment extremely well retained. The vessel has been cleaned and the surface waxed, most likely in the early 20th century. Repair to one handle. Several scattered losses and chips with some wax infill to the inset glass panels, some of which appear to have been either replaced or restored in the early 20th century. As visible in the catalogue images, some losses to the gold sheet covering the raised bosses and some chips, abrasions and shallow losses to the bosses. Minor losses to the silver wire inlay. Small scattered nicks along the edges of the vessel and cover. With paper label from the 1935 Royal Academy exhibition.
X-rays and a full technical examination report available on request
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Collection of Adolphe (1871-1949) and Suzanne (1874-1949) Stoclet, and thence by descent.
European Private Collection.
Adolphe (1871-1949) 及 Suzanne (1874-1949) Stoclet 伉儷收藏，此後家族傳承
Albert J. Koop, Early Chinese Bronzes, London, 1924, pl. 103 A.
C.G. Seligman & H.C. Beck, ‘Far Eastern Glass: Some Western Origins’, The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Stockholm Bulletin, no. 10, 1938, pp. 1-64, pl. X.
Albert J. Koop，《Early Chinese Bronzes》，倫敦，1924年，圖版103A
C.G. Seligman 及 H.C. Beck，〈Far Eastern Glass: Some Western Origins〉，《The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities Stockholm Bulletin》，號10，1938年，頁1-64，圖版X
International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935, cat. no. 406.