A Qing Dynasty jade brushpot discovered during a valuation sweep is a highlight of Sotheby’s sale of fine Chinese ceramics and works on art in London on May 16. The Qianlong period white and russet jade “immortal” brushpot is notable for its large size and carved scenes from the land of immortals. It is estimated at £250,000-350,000. An Imperial green jade dragon seal displays features which suggest it was originally produced in the 18th century and re-carved during the Guangxu reign for the Empress Dowager Cixi (1834-1908). Cixi’s seals express prestige and power. It is estimated at £300,000-400,000.
The 341 lots sale comprises two collections, the Jersey Jades which belonged to the Earl and Countess of Jersey and Qing monochromes from a private European collection. Robin Bradlow of Sotheby’s remarked: “We have curated this sale to offer some of the finest examples of Chinese ceramics and works of art available to the market today. The marvellous collection includes rare and important Ímperial ceramics, beautiful jades, Imperial seals and Qing monochrome wares – many with outstanding provenances”.
The auction is expected to realise more than £6.5 million.
UPDATE: The sale brought in a total of £12.9 million.