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A finely carved large spinach-green jade 'immortals' Qianlong brushpot is among the 300 works of Asian art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York on September 10. It has an estimate of $500,000-700,000.

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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.

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A white and apple-green jadeite ‘landscape’ Qianlong table screen is among the 300 works of Asian art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York on September 10. It has an estimate of $80,000-120,000.

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.

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A rare celadon and russet jade 'quail and millet' boulder from the Qing Dynasty is among the 300 works of Asian art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York on September 10. It has an estimate of $100,000-150,000.