This season's offerings demonstrate the range of materials and superb workmanship in the Chinese art repertoire. The ceramics, furniture, paintings, jades and textiles reflect the refined tastes of collectors in Imperial China. One of the finest examples is a rare Imperial zitan stand and base from the Qianlong period, the apogee of the Qing dynasty. Another work from the Qianlong period is a rare tribute embellished ivory and tortoiseshell fan, made in Guangzhou for the imperial court.
In the rich tradition of Chinese paintings, Sotheby's is pleased to offer the hanging scroll by the 17th century painter Bada Shanren, Two Mynas on a Rock (1692), which was executed during the artist's golden period after his two-decade retreat to a Buddhist temple. This is a rare opportunity for Chinese art lovers, as these treasures are new to the market after many years in esteemed North American private collections.