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An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period | 東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period | 東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He), Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period | 東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

An archaic bronze wine vessel and cover (He)

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period

東周 戰國 青銅獸紋盉


the globular body supported on three cabriole bird-shaped feet, each bird's head modeled in the round, the wings spread against the vessel's lower body, the body cast with three low-relief registers each divided by recessed bands, the lowest register with repeating pairs of felines each intertwined with a serpent against a stippled ground and bordered by bands of triangular spirals, the middle register with pairs of confronting mythical beasts each with bird-like heads, sinuous bodies, and clawed feet against a spiral ground, the top register with pairs of confronting deer against a spiral ground, the shoulder set with a bird-form spout with a hinged upper beak to allow for pouring, all surmounted by an arched openwork feline-form handle connected to the stepped circular cover by an integral chain, the patina dark gray with areas of malachite and reddish oxidation


Length 10 ½ in., 26.7 cm

The handle reattached, with the section following the feline torso rebuilt. There are restored breaks to the legs, and consolidated crack to the cover. The hinged upper beak of the bird-form spout affixed. X-Ray available upon request.


提梁經重接,獸身之後部分經重做。三足見損經修。蓋見裂紋經加固。鳥首流蓋經粘固。X光片可供索取。


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Acquired in Hong Kong, 1996.


來源

購於香港,1996年

Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 48.


出版

彭銳查及張立東,《The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes》,芝加哥,2010年,圖版48

The present he has a notably complex design involving sculptural bird-form legs and spout, an openwork feline-form handle, and three decorative bands each featuring different animals. A very similar he, with slight variations to the details and including a monkey-form knop on the cover, in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, was exhibited and published in Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors, Scholars, and their Bronzes, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 2018, cat. no. 101. Another, with composite human-bird-form legs and a solid handle cast in intricate high relief imitating openwork, from the Jingguantang Collection, sold at Christie's Hong Kong 3rd November 1996, lot 597. More recently, a he of the present type, but with bird-and-human legs, a solid handle, and bands of copper inlay, sold at Christie's New York, 24th September 2020, lot 1510. Related he of the period, but with slightly simpler decoration and supported on cabriole legs, include one excavated in Chengdu, Sichuan province bearing an inscription dedicated to Marquis Chun Cheng, and published in Chen Peifen, Xia Shang Zhou qingtongqi yanjiu: Dong Zhou pian, xia [Study of bronzes of the Xia, Shang, and Zhou periods: Eastern Zhou, vol. 2], Shanghai, 2004, pl. 628; one with inlaid copper details from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection and now in the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (acc. no. S1987.315a-b), published in Jenny F. So, Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. III, New York, 1995, pl. 84; one sold first in our London rooms, 17th November 1999, lot 703, and later in these rooms, 21st September 2006, lot 153; and one sold in these rooms, 31st March - 1st April 2005, lot 154A.