The special sale entitled Vestiges from China's Imperial History comprises of masterpieces from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Highlights include a massive painting of a lioness and two foreign emissaries, records the presentation in 1483 of a tribute gift from the Sultan Ahmad from Samarkand to the court of the Chenghua Emperor. It is accompanied by a composition, by the Chenghua Emperor (r. 1465-87) praising the auspicious significance of the lion as a symbol of harmony and beneficent rule. It would probably have hung in the palace as a reminder of China's far-reaching influence beyond her borders.
The Lioness painting is joined by a large gilt-bronze dragon from the Qing Dynasty, showing the sculptural qualities and dynamic expression of this sculpture that was made for the Emperor as indicated by its five claws. Finally, the Taishang Huangdi seal was made for the Qianlong Emperor in 1796, when he abdicated from the throne after 60 years of rule. The title refers to the noblest man in the world who is more virtuous than the emperor.
More than 30 lots of imperial treasures will be offered in this special theme sale. After hundreds of years, these historical pieces still carry the weight of China's grand imperial history. Collectors will be able to connect to the splendors of the past through these magnificent works of art.