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Auction Description for Nagel: Fine Asian Art - 36A
Auction Description:
Fine Asian Art - 36A
Viewing Notes:
7th, 8th & 9th November 11am to 6 pm.
Sale Notes:
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Fine Asian Art - 36A

(1588 Lots)

by Nagel Auktionen


1,588 lots

November 10, 2008

Neckarstrasse 189-191

Stuttgart, 70190 Germany

Phone: 00 49 711 649690

Fax: 00 49 711 6496969

Email: contact@auction.de

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Lot 1: A ritual bronze tripod cauldron, ding, China,

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Description: A ritual bronze tripod cauldron, ding, China, first part of Western Zhou period, 10th/9th C. BC, with a single rib below the mouth and an old so-called blackish brown "water patina" with areas of malachite and earth encrustations, inside below the rim an apocryphal inscription with 3 characters - Provenance: Property from an old European private collection, purchased Christie's London, Fine Chinese ceramics and works of art, 15.12.1980, lot 249 - Cf. The complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bronze ritual vessels and musical instruments, Hong Kong: The Commercial Press, 2006, no. 20, a very similar and slightly larger ding of identical shape, but with 2 smaller bowstrings instead only one large below the mouth, dated to the Western Zhou period - Very small old repair to body H. 16,3 cm

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Lot 2: A large archaic ritual bronze vessel "hu", China,

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Description: A large archaic ritual bronze vessel "hu", China, Warring states period (480/475-221 BC), cast with a dense décor of interlaced hooks and scrolls and with tiny bosses, a far reminder of the interlaced "snake-dragon" pattern of the Spring and Autumn period (770-477 BC), the bosses recall the eyes of the "snake-dragons", the dense decor on the body is separated by three undecorated bands with two stylised taotie-mask ring holders on the shoulder - Provenance: Collection Dr. F.A. Appelt, Zittau, purchased in 1931 for 320 Reichsmark with the art dealer Paul Korbas, Dresden from the Dr. Paul Rothermundt collection, Dresden - Cf. Sotheby's, London, 18.11.1998, lot 807, a hu of similar shape and main decoration except with silver inlays o the three plain bands, dated to the Warring States period - Few very small old repairs H. 48,3 cm

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Lot 3: A ritual vessel, zun, China, early Western Zhou

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Description: A ritual vessel, zun, China, early Western Zhou period, 10th C. BC, with widely flared mouth and a plain body except four crisply cast bovine heads in high relief, framed by two pairs of thin bowstrings, nice greyish olive green patina. Cf. Christie's, New York, The Hardy Coll. of early Chinese ceramics and works of art., 21.9.1995, lot 131, a zun in similar shape and size but with a different decoration of 2 pairs of birds, each centered on a taotie mask in high relief, there are also quoted 7 additional zun as references, all dated to the Western Zhou period - Restoration to body H. 18 cm

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Lot 4: A rare bronze wine vessel, China, 1st part of

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Description: A rare bronze wine vessel, China, 1st part of Warring States period, late 5th/4th C. BC, decorated with crisply cast stylised double bovine bodies with a common, quite naturalistic bovine head in rectangular, framed fields arranged like brick masonry, on the narrow sides as sole décor a taotie mask in high relief serving to maintain a now lost loose ring, malachite and brownish corrosion with earth encrustations. Compare Christie's, New York, The Jingguantang Collection, Part II, 20.3.1997, lot 43 - the tall rectangular base is restored, otherwise fair condition, the cover possibly later replaced H. 28 cm

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Lot 5: A very fine and carefully casted bronze tripod

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Description: A very fine and carefully casted bronze tripod vessel of ding type with a small band with leiwen and large "eye" design on the neck below the mouth and inside on the bottom a dedication inscription with seven characters reading Qu zuo fu Gui bao zun yi ("The clan Qu dedicated this precious vessel for their father Gui"), nice greenish-grey patina and very fine condition, early Western Zhou period, 10th C. BC - Cf. - 'The complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Bronze ritual vessels and musical instruments', Hong Kong: The Commercial Press, 2006, no. 16, a somewhat similar, however larger and less bulbous, ding with a small band of decoration below the mouth and a inscription with 10 characters, dated to the Western Zhou period H. 20,5 cm

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