View full screen - View 1 of Lot 58. AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, GU LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH – 11TH CENTURY BC | 商末公元前十二至十一世紀 青銅獸面紋出戟亞牛丁觚 《亞牛丁觚》銘.
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AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, GU LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH – 11TH CENTURY BC | 商末公元前十二至十一世紀 青銅獸面紋出戟亞牛丁觚 《亞牛丁觚》銘

Estimate:

600,000

to
- 800,000 HKD

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, GU LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH – 11TH CENTURY BC | 商末公元前十二至十一世紀 青銅獸面紋出戟亞牛丁觚 《亞牛丁觚》銘

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, GU LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH – 11TH CENTURY BC | 商末公元前十二至十一世紀 青銅獸面紋出戟亞牛丁觚 《亞牛丁觚》銘

Estimate:

600,000

to
- 800,000 HKD

Lot sold:

1,890,000

HKD

AN ARCHAIC BRONZE WINE VESSEL, GU

LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH – 11TH CENTURY BC

商末公元前十二至十一世紀 青銅獸面紋出戟亞牛丁觚

《亞牛丁觚》銘


the elegantly curved slender vessel resting on a tall foot-ring, crisply cast on the middle and lower sections with fine zoomorphic masks with prominent eyes, ears, horns centred on notched flanges, against a ground of intricate leiwen spiral, all below the tall trumpet neck decorated with shield blades filled with further masks rising from a band of angular serpents, the inner foot with an inscription probably reading Ya niu ding gu, the inner foot with an inscription probably reading Ya ding gu, wood stand and Japanese wood box

32 cm, 12 ½ in.

As visible in the photos, the vessel has extensive malachite-green encrustation, with some loss to detail. There are small chips, especially at the foot. There is a section of the mouth which has been restored. This is clearly visible in x-ray photos, which are available upon request.


如圖所示,有大面積銅綠皮殼,紋飾細節稍有缺損。有小磕,尤見底足。X光照片備索,明顯可見口有一局部經修。


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.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促您向其他專業修復人員索取諮詢,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每款拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為專業主觀看法而非事實陳述。準買家應參考有關該拍賣的重要通知(見圖錄)。


雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。

Yamanaka & Co., Ltd.

Collection of Mrs Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941).

Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 14th/15th November 1963, lot 258.

Mayuyama & Co., Ltd, Tokyo.

Hirano Kotoken, Tokyo.


山中商會

Christian R. Holmes 夫人(1871-1941年)收藏

紐約蘇富比1963年11月14/15日,編號258

繭山龍泉堂,東京

平野古陶軒,東京

Umehara Sueji, Shina Kodo Seika/Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and America, vol. 1, Osaka, 1933, cat. no. 53.

Selected Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Mrs Christian R. Holmes, n.d.

Noel Barnard and Cheung Kwong-Yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American, and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, vol. 7, no. 1080.


梅原末治,《歐米蒐儲支那古銅精華》,卷1,大阪,1933年,編號53

《Selected Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Collection of Mrs Christian R. Holmes》,年份不詳

巴納及張光裕,《中日歐美澳紐所見所拓所摹金文彙編》,卷7,台北,1978年,編號1080

The present gu is notable for its fine casting which creates an elegant silhouette and with its exquisite ornamentation, is typical of the final stage of the development in Anyang. This style is characterised by the high-raised motifs against the ground patterns. For the most refined examples such as the present piece, the main taotie masks are further detailed by intaglios and the background is interspersed with leiwen spirals.


A closely related gu from the Sackler Collection in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Washington D.C., is discussed and illustrated in Robert W. Bagley, Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, Washington, D.C., 1987, p. 255, no. 38; another similar gu vessel, unearthed in 2001 from Huayuanzhuang village, Anyang city, Henan province is illustrated in Yinxu xinchutu qingtongqi [Ritual bronzes recently excavated in Yinxu], Kunming, 2008, p. 152, no. 62; and another example with a pictogram of the clan li dao from the collection of H.E. Alexandre J. Argyropoulos, included in Jean-Pierre Dubosc, Mostra d'Arte Cinese, Venice, 1954, cat. no. 6, was sold in our New York rooms, 17th September 2013, lot 1.