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Bronze ritual vessel

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Bronze ritual vessel

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Hu or wine vessel in bronze. Made in China, 3rd phase, Zhou Dynasty.

Measurements:
h: 12 1/4 in; diam: 4 1/2 in; diam of base: 5 3/8 in

Provenance:
Henry Brown collection; his sale, Sotheby’s 25 March 1947, lot 81, purchased Bluett & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £210; 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 81.

Manuscript sources
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 19/240, 25 March 1947: ‘Large bronze wine vessel, Hu, the short trumpet neck with three archaic characters surmounting a massive oviform body decorated with three horizontal bands, the loose ring handles suspended from bold animal mask plaques, the whole with a fine silvered green and red patina. Warring States. Height 12 ¼” ’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1947(1) p.43: ‘Henry Brown sale.
A large bronze wine vessel "Hu", the short trumpet neck with three archaic characters surmounting a massive oviform body decorated with three horizontal bands, on a circular foot, the loose rings suspended from bold animal mask plaques; the whole with a fine silvered red and green patination. Warring States. 12 1/4" high.

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Collection and descriptive labels
Collection and descriptive labels

What:
8_44, bronzes, hu, vases

Who:
Dealer, Bluett & Sons
Auction house, Sotheby & Co.
Collector, Henry Brown

Dates:
Sold at Sotheby's 1947.

Periods:
EARLY DYNASTIES
Western Zhou, 1027-771 BC

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