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Bronze ritual vessel

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Tripod ewer in bronze. Made in China, Zhou Dynasty.

Measurements:
3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in

Provenance:
Henry Brown collection; his sale, Sotheby’s, 25 March 1947, lot 82, purchased John Sparks Ltd., for Sir William Burrell, £65; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1947.

Published sources
Sotheby & Co., 25 March 1947, Catalogue of important Chinese art, the property of Henry Brown, Esq., and others, lot 82.

Manuscript sources
John Sparks Ltd., Day Book 1947 p.537, 25 March 1947: 'Lot 82 Bronze wine ewer’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1947(1), p.42: ‘Henry Brown sale. A miniature bronze wine ewer, the small globular body supported on 3 legs, the spout amusingly modelled in the form of a turtle head with loop handle and hinged lid with a pale green almost irridescent patina. Chou Dynasty. 3 1/8" high’.

What:
8_167, bronzes, he, tripod ewers

Who:
Auction house, Sotheby & Co.
Collector, Henry Brown
Dealer, John Sparks Ltd

Dates:
Sold by John Sparks Ltd 1947.

Periods:
EARLY DYNASTIES
Western Zhou, 1027-771 BC
Eastern Zhou, 771-221 BC

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