The carved, spinach-green vessel is among the ‘figure-in-landscape’ pots created during the height of jade production during the Qianlong period (1735-95). It depicts immortals surrounded by auspicious elements, such as deer and lingzhi (a type of mushroom) and carries and estimate of $500,000-700,000.
Taking place September 10, the auction one of Sotheby’s Asia Week sales.
All the lots are from the major gift of Florence and Herbert Irving to the Met in 2015. The collection of 1275 Asian works was presented with the understanding that future sales of the items would go toward future acquisitions. Proceeds from the auction, therefore, will be used to build up the museum’s Asian art holdings.
Angela McAteer, head of Sotheby’s Chinese works of art department in New York said: “Our sales are representative of the Irvings’ exceptional taste in Chinese art, which features a strong emphasis on organic materials and works hewn from nature, as well as extraordinary Chinese jades produced during the reign of the Qianlong emperor.”
Other notable lots include a white and apple-green jadeite tablescreen, estimated at $80,000-120,000 and a celadon Jade ‘Luohan’ inscribed bolder, estimated at $100,000-150,000, both from the Qing Dynasty.