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Lot 451Tuesday 10 Apr, 2018 - 10.00am
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A Chinese archaistic bronze wine vessel (Zun) in the Shang Dynasty style, of cylindrical form with four heavy notched flanges on the sides, boldly cast around the slightly bulging waist with two taotie masks with rounded eyes, the splayed foot decorated with further taotie masks, upright horns and hooked jaws above the foot ring, the flaring neck with four upright blades filled with upward-looking kui dragons, all reserved on a dense leiwen ground, the surface with an olive-green patina with light malachite, azurite and ferrous encrustation, an inscription to the interior of the vessel, 9.75ins (25cm) diameter x 13ins (32.8cm) high
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: Weight 5.5kg