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Bronze ritual vessel

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You or wine vessel in bronze. Made in China, Han Dynasty.

Measurements:
h: 7 1/4 in; overall diam: 6 3/8 in

Provenance:
Murray collection; H.K. Burnet collection; his sale, Sotheby’s, 2-4 April 1941, lot 263, purchased Paget, £14.10.0; E.L. Paget sale, Sotheby’s 23 January 1947, lot 50, purchased Moss, £12.0.0; Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 23 January 1947, £20; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1947.

Published sources
Albert J. Koop, Early Chinese Bronzes, London, 1934, pl.33.
Sotheby & Co., 2-4 April 1941, Early Chinese bronzes, archaic jades, sculpture, ceramics and works of art, the property of H.K. Burnet, Esq., (decd.) of Bradford, sold by order of the executors, lot 263: ‘From the Murray collection’.
Sotheby & Co., 23 January 1947, Catalogue of fine Chinese ceramics, jades, etc., comprising property of the E.L. Paget, Esq., Rt. Hon. Earl Castle Stewart, and others, lot 50.

Manuscript sources
Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., Sale Book 15/29, stock no.36742.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1947(1) p.4: ‘A bronze covered vessel (Yu) of oviform shape with conical cover, three ring handles on the top, the sides with two small loop handles above masks supported on tripod rams mask and paw feet; greeny brown patina. Ch''in dynasty 221-206 BC. 7 1/2". From the Murray and Burnet Collections. Illustrated in "Early Chinese Bronzes" by Albert J Koop, pl.33’.

What:
8_72, bronzes, you

Who:
Collector, Murray
Auction house, Sotheby & Co.
Collector, E.L. Paget
Dealer, Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd
Collector, H.K. Burnet
Dealer, Sydney L. Moss

Dates:
Sold at Sotheby's 1941.
Sold at Sotheby's 1947.

Periods:
IMPERIAL CHINA
Han, 206 BC-AD 220

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