A large decorative heavy cast Chinese bronze Hu shaped vase decorated in Archaistic style with Taotie masks, Ciccada shaped lappets and bands of mythological creature.
The vase stands 31cm high, and the diameter of mouth of the opening of the vase is 19.3cm and the diameter of the base is 20cm. It is a substantial piece. Shipping at Cost.
A very interesting tray of square form decorated in moulded low relief with a long inscription that contains the date for the seventh year, first month and fifteenth day of the Xuande reign. The reverse of the tray is cast with four ruyi shaped feet and a pair of cast dragons encircling the characters nei yung. The dish shows extensive wear to the patina and surface, as well as several casting flaws and a small hole to the right hand bottom corner of the dish. The dish measures 13.5cm in wid ...click for details
A rare cast iron beaker Gu shaped vase with Halberd ji form handles. The shape form and decoration of the vase are all characteristic of the late Ming period. Ji form handles adapted from the cresent moon shaped cutting blade of the traditional Chinese Halberd occur from the latter half of the sixteenth century on both porcelain and bronze vases. The vase is cast with two bands of moulded archaistic lappet shaped panels containing Cicada motifs within Liewen borders divided by a narrow ring band ...click for details
A fine Chinese archaistic bronze pear shaped vase of Fanghu form decorated with four bands of moulded decoration with a pair of horned mythical beast-head loop handles. The shape and decoration are derived from a Zhou prototype fanghu or ritual wine vessel. The distinctive coiled horns of the beast mask handles and form of this example closely follow a Zhou original, for a Zhou bronze vase of similarform see Christies lot 232 2005, whereas as the contrasting registers of interlaced Zoomorphic ...click for details
A good, probably early 19C, Chinese Bronze rhomboid form censer on four short legs, the body decorated with two panels of Chinese Archaic inscriptions, repeated to occupy the four panels making up the censer. The bronze censer stands 7.5cm in height and is 9cm in breadth. Condition good, nice old patina combined with expected wear. Shipping at Cost.