Shaft bell (yong) with spirals and dragons; from a set

Historical period(s)
Late Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 900-770 BCE
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 39.5 x 22 x 17.8 cm (15 9/16 x 8 11/16 x 7 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.915
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 25: RESOUND: Bells of Ancient China
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Musical Instrument
Type

Bell

Keywords
casting, China, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

Private collection, New York [1]

1963
Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Important Chinese Art: Early Dynastic Bronzes, Silver and Gold...Collected by the Late Bettie F. Holmes (Mrs. Christian R. Holmes)…Mrs. Henry W. Breyer Sr…and from Other Sources Important Chinese Art: Early Dynastic Bronzes, Silver and Gold..., November 14-15, 1963, lot 249 (ill.): "Bronze Bell (Chung), Chou, Of pointed oval section, with cable handle and projecting loop, the body banded and ornamented with triads of nipple bosses, below which are two panels chased in flat relief with t’ao t’ieh motive; dull green encrustations. Has stand"

Private collection, New York [2]

Sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, Chinese art: Jade and Other Semi-precious Mineral Carvings, Han and Other Early Bronzes, Early Dynastic Jades ... : A Group of Chinese Furniture, Lamps & Other Decorative Objects: Raymond Bushell, Mrs. Albert E. Ogden, and Other Owners, November 4-5, 1965, lot 292: “Bronze Bell (Chung), Warring States, Of pointed oval section, cable handle and projecting loop, the body banded and ornamented with triads of nipple bosses, below which are panels chased in flat relief with t’ao t’ieh motives. Dull green patina”

From 1965 to 1987
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased through J. T. Tai from Parke-Bernet Galleries sale on November 4-5, 1965 [3]

From 1987
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler in 1987 [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Important Chinese Art: Early Dynastic Bronzes, Silver and Gold...Collected by the Late Bettie F. Holmes (Mrs. Christian R. Holmes)…Mrs. Henry W. Breyer Sr…and from Other Sources, sale cat. (New York, November 14-5, 1963), lot 249.

[2] According to Parke-Bernet Galleries, Chinese art: Jade and Other Semi-precious Mineral Carvings, Han and Other Early Bronzes, Early Dynastic Jades ... : A Group of Chinese Furniture, Lamps & Other Decorative Objects: Raymond Bushell, Mrs. Albert E. Ogden, and Other Owners, sale cat. (New York, November 4-5, 1965), lot 292.

[3] According to information provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in October 2009. See also an invoice issued to Arthur Sackler, indicating that the item was purchased at the Parke –Bernet Galleries Sale no. 2736 on November 4-5, 1965 for Arthur Sackler, copy provided by Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, in object file.

[4] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Parke-Bernet Galleries
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • Jessica Rawson. Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. Ancient Chinese Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, vol. 2 Washington and Cambridge, MA. cat. 128, p. 748-751.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

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