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Rare Chinese ritual vessel to be auctined

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Added On September 10, 2018

 A rare Chinese bronze ritual food vessel dating to the 11th-10th century BC will be featured in a stand-alone sale during Christie's Asian Art Week.

 
Named as "Zuo Bao Yi Gui," the archaic bronze dates back to early Western Zhou Dynasty and is prized for its unique form and exceptional provenance.
 
It was once in the collection of China's Qianlong emperor during the Qing Dynasty and later published in a catalog of bronzes in the imperial collection.
 
The vessel's presale estimate is 4 to 6 million U.S. dollars.
 
Only six other archaic bronzes from the Qianlong emperor's collection are known to be in private hands today.
 
The Asian Art Week, lasting from Sept. 7 to 14, consists of a series of auctions, viewings, and events.
 
This season at Christie's presents eight distinct auctions featuring over 900 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art forms from Chinese archaic bronzes to contemporary Indian paintings.
 
Apart from the Zuo Bao Yi Gui, there are three other thematic auctions that are worth exploring.
 
Additional highlights include two early Tang Dynasty limestone Bodhisattvas.