A global rebranding of online sales for Chinese Works of Art, the CHINA / 5000 YEARS comprises a selection of over 180 ceramics, bronzes, jades and other works of art. Highlights include a remarkable collection of snuff bottles from an East Coast private collection, a group of ceramics and works of arts deaccessioned by the Speed Art Museum and a selection of pottery and porcelains amassed by a New York private collector through acquisitions from major Chinese art dealers.
In addition to the fine Qing dynasty jade and jadeite pieces in our Important Chinese Art auction, we are honored to present an extraordinary group of pottery, ceramics, and decorative porcelains from the Speed Art Museum.
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville is the oldest and largest museum in Kentucky. Founded by Hattie Bishop Speed (1858–1942) as a memorial to her husband, James Breckinridge Speed (1844-1912), in 1927, the museum has grown to encompass a collection of artwork from across the world. Major donors of Chinese art include William H. and Sophia H. Harrison, who donated many jades previously in the T.B. Walker Collection, and Dr. Preston Pope Satterwhite (1867-1948), who was also a collector of fifteenth- to seventeenth-century French and Italian decorative arts and a prominent benefactor of the museum.