There is a certain pleasure derived not only from the beauty and craftsmanship of art and art objects, but also from the stories of these works' pasts — from the fascinating lives of collectors to tales of rediscovery. Sotheby’s upcoming Asian Art sales feature a breadth of such intriguing provenance stories including that of a 'phoenix' vase collected by England’s wealthiest ‘commoner’ as well as a jade 'scholars' brushpot that adorned a lavish Gilded-age mansion. Click ahead to discover these stories and more.
Cover image: Lot 111 shown in An Exhibition of Ancient Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Loaned by C.T. Loo & Co., The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 1940, pl. XXXIII.