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1037

An archaic bronze relief-decorated 'demons and mythical beasts' vase, Eastern Han dynasty | 東漢 青銅龍獸紋投壺

Estimate:

160,000 - 220,000 HKD

Property of a Lady 女史珍藏

An archaic bronze relief-decorated 'demons and mythical beasts' vase, Eastern Han dynasty | 東漢 青銅龍獸紋投壺

An archaic bronze relief-decorated 'demons and mythical beasts' vase, Eastern Han dynasty | 東漢 青銅龍獸紋投壺

Estimate:

160,000 - 220,000 HKD

Lot sold:

819,000

HKD

Property of a Lady

An archaic bronze relief-decorated 'demons and mythical beasts' vase,

Eastern Han dynasty

女史珍藏

東漢 青銅龍獸紋投壺


h. 31cm


This rare vase is most interesting in its combination of demon-like mythical creatures on the body and naturalistic animal combat scenes on the neck, which are reminiscent of bronzes from the Ordos region in the northeast of China. The vase was probably created for gaming or other entertainment. 


A bronze vase of very similar form but with geometric designs and a cylindrical vessel, lian, with related animal designs are illustrated in John Alexander Pope, The Freer Chinese Bronzes, Washington D.C., 1967, pls 112 and 114. Bronzes of these two groups, with animal motifs and with geometric designs such as quatrefoils and dogtooth borders, including this bottle form, are discussed in Jessica Rawson in her article, A Group of Han Dynasty Bronzes with Chased Decoration and Some Related Ceramics, 1973, where they are attributed to the late Western or early Easten Han dynasty and to the southern provinces of China, particularly to Hunan. 


The present lot was once in the collection of Julius Eberhardt (1936-2012), an Austrian architect and avid collector of ancient Chinese works of art. Julius Eberhardt had been fascinated by the art and culture of ancient China since the time of his studies. But he returned to this interest only late in life, after a trip to the Far East. Being particularly intrigued by the early dynasties of China's past, he assembled at the end of the 20th century a significant collection ranging from the Neolithic (from the 4th millennium BC) to the Tang (618-907).


Aware of the paucity of similar material in his native Austria, Julius Eberhardt set up a private museum in Vienna, making the collection available to scholars and researchers. The Museum, generously appointed, exquisitely and sensitively laid out, and accompanied by a small library, offered a congenial environment to enjoy and study these objects. It was the first major private collection of ancient Chinese art to be assembled and made public in Austria. Part of his endeavour to make his collection available to the public was his commissioning of a bi-lingual catalogue which was published in 1999, with a first addendum in 2004, and a second one being planned at the time of his death (Regina Krahl, Sammlung Julius Eberhardt. Fruhe chinesische Kunst/Collection Julius Eberhardt. Early Chinese Art, 2 vols, Hong Kong, n.d. [1999] and 2004). Like the Museum, the books were produced to a very high standard, thanks to his long­ time advisors Lothar and the late Christina Wesemann.

The x-rays confirm that the vessel is in good condition. There is typical encrustation and surface wear.


X光片顯示整體品相良好。有典型的銅鏽和表面磨損。


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L.H.W. Investment & Trading Limited, Hong Kong, 1996.
Collection of Julius Eberhardt (1936-2012).
Nagel, 2nd November 2013, lot 3124 (EUR 36,000). 

L.H.W. Investment & Trading Limited,香港,1996年
朱利思 · 艾伯哈特(1936-2012年)收藏
納高2013年11月2日,編號3124(歐元 36,000)
Regina Krahl, Collection Julius Eberhardt: Early Chinese Art, vol. 1, Hong Kong, 1999, p. 162f.

康蕊君,《Collection Julius Eberhardt: Early Chinese Art》,冊一,香港,1999年,頁162f
This rare bronze vase, depicting demons and mythical beasts, was probably created for gaming or other entertainment. Similar bronze vessels are illustrated in John Alexander Pope, The Freer Chinese Bronzes, Washington D.C., 1967, pls 112 and 114.