Jia or tripod wine vessel in bronze. Made in China, 1st phase, Zhou Dynasty.
h: 8 5/8 in; diam of mouth; 5 in
J.R. Creagh collection; his sale, Sotheby’s, 18 February 1944, lot 23, purchased by Bluett & Sons, £56; from whom purchased by Sir William Burrell, 10 March 1945, £75; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1945.
Sotheby & Co., 18 February 1944, Catalogue of important Chinese art, old English furniture, Oriental rugs and carpets etc., comprising property of J.R. Creagh Esq., lot 23: ‘A sacrificial wine vessel (Chia) with tri-lobed body supported on three legs, the short flared neck surmounted by two vertical jugs with boss finials, the single loop handle with a dragon head at the shoulder junction. 8 ¾ ins. Perhaps Chou dynasty’.
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 18/304, 12 March 1945, stock no.1866: ‘Bronze Chia. Chou dynasty. Height 8 3/8” ’.
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1945 p.24: ‘An old Chinese bronze ritual vessel for warming wine for libations, "chia", the handle decorated with an ox head and the lugs surmounted by the whorl circle ornament. The body has much green and red patina. Second Stylistic plase. Chou period - circa 1000BC. Intact 8 3/4"’.