A bronze ritual food vessel (Ding), Late Shang Dynasty, 13 – 11th century BC.
the rounded sides supported on three cylindrical legs, cast with a narrow band of three taotie masks with protruding eyes centered by small flanges and formed by confronting elongated kui dragons, above a band of triangular cicada blades, the lipped rim set with two upright loop handles, with a single pictogram on the interior, the patina of green and brown color with malachite encrustation, wood stand (2). Height 7 1/2 in., 19.1 cm. Estimation 60,000 — 80,000 USD
Provenance: T.W. Lindabury Collection (Gifted by Nanyang Brother’s Tobacco Company, Ltd., Hong Kong in the 1950s/1960s).
SOTHEBY’S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, NEW YORK | 16 SEPT. 2014, 10:30 AM