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Lot 450Tuesday 10 Apr, 2018 - 10.00am
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An important and extremely rare archaic bronze tripod water vessel and cover (Ying)
Late Western Zhou, 1100-771BC
the shouldered ribbed body supported by three short legs, each cast with a taotie mask, with prominent curled horns, eyes and flared nostrils matching the three-dimensional well-defined taotie mask of the ribbed handle, the spout cast in the form of a leaping tiger its stylised tail scrolling upwards where it meets the body, the domed cover with a dynamic crouched tiger bearing its teeth with elaborate scrolled whiskers, terminating in a spiralling scrollwork pattern continued on the main body of the vessel, the inside of the cover finely cast with a four-character pictogram, covered overall with a malachite green encrustation, all raised on an Imperial Qing Dynasty Zitan trefoil stand, with stylised archaistic scrollwork and taotie-mask inspired bracket feet, 13.75ins (35cm) long x 10.25ins (26cm) high, with stand 12.25ins (32cm) high overall
Provenance: Capt. Harry L. Evans, RM, (1831-1883) and thence by descent to the present owner.
Captain Evans was part of the Royal Marine contingent serving aboard H.M.S. James Wyatt in 1854, and took part in the capture of Canton in 1857 and the subsequent expedition to White Cloud (Baiyun) Mountains. He was slightly wounded in the attack upon the Pei-ho forts in 1859 and was present at the capture of the Taku Forts in 1860. Later that year, he was also involved in the capture of the Summer Palace, Pekin.
Note: Oxford Authentication Ltd Thermoluminescence report available, Sample No: C117m45, dated the 13th November 2017. Weight 4.25kg