Asian Arts

April 13, 2022 10:00 EST



$378,000 Sale of Culturally Significant Imperial Jade Seal Leads in Asian Arts Auction

The undoubted highlight of Freeman’s October 14 Asian Arts auction was the $378,000 sale of an important Imperial celadon-white jade seal, an exceedingly rare example that was one of twenty commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor of China.


Spirited bidding wars pushed several lots well above their estimates, including a Chinese handscroll of eight works depicting One Hundred Auspicious Subjects, which sold for $113,400 against a $12,000 high estimate, and a Chinese faux bronze porcelain shell-form coupe, which achieved $50,400 against a $1,500 high estimate.


Chinese vases performed strongly, as did several Buddhist sculptures from throughout Southeast Asia, including a Nepalese gilt copper alloy figure of Vasudhara ($47,250) and a Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze figure of Akshobhya ($30,240).



The department already has promising leads for its upcoming Asian Arts auction and invites consignments for its Spring 2022 auction season.


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