A Chinese large gold-splashed bronze vase and cover of archaic zun form, the four-sided body cast on each facet with a wide relief-band of taotie masks on a key-fret ground, between handles cast with mythical animal heads and set with a mask handle on one facet, above eight stylised masks on the splayed foot repeated on the neck and cover, all between flanges, the cover surmounted by a curved knop, the underside with a four-character mark of ‘dan er bu yan’ (distant yet courteous).

Total height on stand 49 cm, total height of stand 46 cm.

Late Ming/early Qing, 17th century.

Finely carved wood stand specifically made for this piece. 


Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Maurice Ader, 26th November 1932, no. 148.
  • Illustrated in Cabinet-Portier, One Hundred Years, 1909-2009, p. 30.
  • From a French private collection.
  • The pair to this vase is in the Guanfu Museum, China.