Sotheby's Paris sale of Arts d'Asie will feature several exceptional works from the Qianlong reign (1736-1795) including an impressive blue and white moonflask decorated in the Ming style with the eight Buddhist emblems, as well as a large gilt-bronze Bodhisattva featuring the mark of the Emperor.
Leading the jade section are an exceptional "dragon tail" archaïstic rhyton dating from 1787 and inscribed with an imperial poem, and a delicate Guanyin carved in the 18th century out of the finest white stone. Both hail from a collection acquired in the United States from Yamanaka & Co in the 1930s and 1940s by a Swiss collector, George Estoppey These works were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington in 1942.
Amongst other highlights of the sale are a painted Buddhist album from the Qianlong reign (1736-1795), three marked gilt-bronze Buddhist figures from the same reign, and two great examples of early Ming ceramics: a very rare Hongwu period (1368-1402) underglazed red yuhuchuping, and a fine blue and white Yongle period (1403-1424) "bouquet" dish.
In the Arts of the Scholar section: an impressive spinach green jade brushpot carved with a literati scene, a rare russet jade brushwasher decorated with dragons amongst swirling clouds, and some great rhinoceros horn libation cups, including an example decorated with a dragon, another carved with a landscape and signed by the artist.