Chinese Han Dynasty Bronze Two-Part Steamer (Ex. Lepileur Collection)
This unusual bronze steamer was made during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220). This type has sometimes been described as following the form or a boat or a turtle. The main body stands on four feet with a short chimney/spout at its front. In its top is large round hole where sits the container. The container has two small ring handles and close examination shows that they are of a rope pattern.
Length 30 cm (12 inches). As can be seen in the images, there are losses and holes to both parts, although there is no obvious sign of any repair or restoration.
For information: this is from The Jean-Claude Lepileur Collection of Chinese Archaic Bronzes & Works of Art: Jean-Claude Lepileur (1926-2016) was a man of great learning. Born in Lisieux in France, he became a buyer and seller of antiques and formed a partnership with Mrs Senta Christian in a joint antiques venture, travelling to and from England from their early base in Deauville in Normandy. Mr Lepileur was a self-taught historian, chemist and restorer, with a particular love of all things Asian, especially pieces of art from China, more specifically ancient Chinese bronze artefacts, which he collected avidly all his life. The collection was mostly purchased in the 1960s-1980s from London auctioneers, including Sotheby's and Christie's, and Oriental dealers.
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