Chinese jade jar and cover mounted in silver by Edward Farmer, $10,000 (£8100) at DuMouchelles.

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The firm’s September 14-15 auction included two Chinese jades that came by family descent from the estate of Fred and Bertha Fisher.

Fred (1878-1941) and his brothers formed the Fisher Body Corporation which later became a division of General Motors.

The two Qing or Republican-era hardstones both carry mounts by Edward Farmer (1872-1942), the New York dealer who specialised in Chinese works of art, as well as European antiques. He is best remembered for the decorative lamps and desk accessories he fashioned from Chinese hardstone carvings and porcelains.

Pictured here is a 6in (15cm) silver-mounted jar and cover carved in relief with running stag and crane in landscape that, estimated at $1000-2000, sold at $10,000 (£8100).


Edward Farmer jar in a celadon and lavender stone, $15,000 (£12,150) at DuMouchelles.

Another Farmer creation, a jar in a celadon and lavender stone standing 17in (42cm) high on a carved giltwood mount sold in the middle of expectations at $15,000 (£12,150).