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LOT 1256

Estimate
GBP (£) 9,000 - 12,000
EUR (€) 10,650 - 14,210
USD ($) 11,490 - 15,320

CHINESE LIDDED WINE COOLER
WARRING STATES, 475-221 BC
8 1/2" (2.1kg, 22cm).

A bronze vessel with cylindrical body with two separate horizontal bands decorated with low relief gilt frieze of wheeled covered vehicles and retainers on horseback; tao-t'ieh masks with lose rings; supported on three legs in the shape of bears with carnelian turquoise inlays; to the lid a stylised mountain with ring with series of deer and birds below; frieze with mounted archers hunting deer; to the frieze three rats on hind legs.

PROVENANCE:
Property of a London collector; by inheritance from his grandfather; acquired during travels in the Far East in the 1920s.

PUBLISHED:
Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate.

FOOTNOTES:
The zun is a type of ancient Chinese bronze or ceramic wine vessel with a round or square vase-like form, and sometimes in the shape of an animal. Used in religious ceremonies to hold wine, the zun has a wide lip to facilitate pouring.

CONDITION