Chinese Works of Art With Extraordinary Provenance

New York | 10–14 September, 2019
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T here 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 Chinese works of art auctions feature a breadth of such intriguing provenance stories, found in the Imperial and scholarly Chinese works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gifted to the Museum by renowned philanthropists and collectors Florence and Herbert Irving; ancient Chinese art from the collection of Stephen Junkunc, III; Buddhist devotional works of art from the Chang Foundation Collection; Prince Gong's imperial seal; and early ceramics from the Art Institute of Chicago. The various auctions also feature objects from storied American collectors, including John Milton Bonham (1836-1897) and Bettie F. Holmes (1871-1941).

Cover image: Portrait of Yixin, Prince Gong

Chinese Works of Art With Extraordinary Provenance

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