China, 3rd-2nd century BC. Finely cast, the globular body raised on three tall cabriole legs and surmounted by a tall and gently flaring rim with a domed cover topped by a loop finial in the form of a bird's head. The spout is cast as a phoenix with wings spread out and beak agape, the high arch handle in the form of a winged feline beast, all with neatly incised details.
Provenance: Michael Goedhuis, September 1997. A French private collection, acquired from the above. A copy of the original invoice, dated 22 September 1997, confirming the dating above, and stating a purchase price for the present lot of USD 25,000 or approx. EUR 43,500 (converted and adjusted for inflation at the time of writing) accompanies this lot. Michael Goedhuis trained as an economist, graduating with an MBA from the Courtauld Institute in Art History. He started a successful career in investment banking in New York and London, only to leave it in 1975 to pursue his passion for art. He joined Jacob Rothschild's Colnaghi Oriental Gallery specializing in Persian, Mughal, and Islamic art. It was here that he published a catalog focused entirely on the subject of post-archaic East Asian bronzes, a first in the field, authored by Ulrich Hausmann in 1989. Major collections were curated and sold by Mr. Goedhuis to numerous institutions including The Rothschild Collection to the Shahbanu of Iran, and the Vever Collection to the Smithsonian Institution. He subsequently expanded his activities to India, Japan, and China, concentrating on important antiquities. Today, Mr. Goedhuis continues to exhibit around the world, including in New York and Maastricht.
Condition: Very good condition, commensurate with age. Extensive wear, signs of weathering and erosion, encrustations, casting flaws, tiny losses, minor dents, light scratches. The bronze is covered in a rich, naturally grown patina with malachite encrustations.
Weight: 3,579 g
Dimensions: Height 26.4 cm, Diameter 25.5 cm