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Auction Description for Sotheby's: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art including Important Snuff Bottles

Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art including Important Snuff Bottles

by Sotheby's


294 lots | 291 with images

October 17, 2001

1334 York Avenue

at 72nd Street

New York, NY, 10021 USA

Phone: 00 1 212 606 7000

Fax: 0141 204 2502

Email: info@sothebys.com

An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Jue)

Lot 1: An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Jue)

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Description: An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Jue) late Shang Dynasty, 12th / 11th Century BC the elongated U-shaped body on three blade feet, cast with a band of tight leiwen scrolls symmetrically arranged with stud 'eyes' to form taotie divided by a low flange opposite the loop handle issuing from a bovine mask, the arched long spout flanked by columns with flared 'fire-whorl' terminals opposite the triangular mouthplate, the handle enclosing a pictogram, the smooth patina with green red and a little blue oxidation height 8in. (20.3cm.)

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An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Ding)

Lot 2: An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Ding)

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Description: An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Ding) Shang Dynasty, 13th / 12th Century BC of deep-U form standing on three slender columnar legs, cast with a narrow band of stylized zoomorphs with long curled tails and scrolled horns and feet, three pairs of each confronting in profile to form taotie masks with stud eyes divided by a low flange against a leiwen ground, the short everted mouthrim set with arch handles, the interior with two pictograms beneath rich malachite encrustation overall diameter 5 1/8 in. (13cm.), condition report available

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A very rare large archaic bronze ritual wine storage Vessel (Lei)

Lot 3: A very rare large archaic bronze ritual wine storage Vessel (Lei)

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Description: A very rare large archaic bronze ritual wine storage Vessel (Lei) Shang Dynasty, 12th / 11th Century BC the wide ovoid body supported on a short stright foot, cast with a groove at the widest part of the shoulder below six large 'fire-whorl' medallions of spiraling curls encircling a ring, with a step before two raised filets at the wide waisted neck below the upright mouth, set with three loop handles issuing from bovine masks with protruding eyes and ears, their notched horns each enclosing two pictograms, the silvery-green patina displaying some bright malachite encrustation height 16in. (40.6cm.), condition report available

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An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Gu)

Lot 4: An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Gu)

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Description: An archaic bronze ritual wine Vessel (Gu) Shang Dynasty, 13th / 12th Century BC of slender waisted form with wide trumpet mouth, cast with a band of thick flat scrolls forming two taotie masks divided by low flanges between double-filets, the high flared foot pierced with two cruciform apertures above four panels of asymmetrically scrolled zoomorphs with stud 'eyes' height 11 3/8 in. (28.9cm.)

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An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Gui)

Lot 5: An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Gui)

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Description: An archaic bronze ritual food Vessel (Gui) late Shang Dynasty, 11th Century BC the U-shaped body set with small bovine masks within a band of asymmetrical zoomorphs bordered by rings, the flared foot with taotie within ring borders, flanked by bovine mask ear handles, the interior with two pictograms, together with an archaic bronze food Vessel, Spring & Autumn period, the deep conical form probably the upper part of a steamer (Yan), cast with two bands of interlinked snakes between notched raised filets (2) width across handles 13 3/8 in. (34cm.), condition report available A similar gui with a somewhat simpler design, from the collection of Richard Bryant Hobart was sold in these rooms, 23rd May 1969, lot 39; another of similar proportions, with the bands of design not enclosed between ring borders, from the collection of Zhang Naiqi, donated to the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Selected Gems of Cultural Relics Newly Collected in the Palace Museum in the Last Fifty Years, Beijing, 1999, pl.4. The three-character inscription, which consists of an unidentified graph followed by the characters fu gui, is also recorded for a gui in a private collection in New York, and a ding, possibly in the Tenri Sankokan, Nara, in Noel Barnard and Cheung Kwong-Yue, Rubbings and Hand Copies of Bronze Inscriptions in Chinese, Japanese, European, American and Australasian Collections, Taipei, 1978, vol.9, nos.1471 and 1472.

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