Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s September 2010 series of Asia Week auctions in New York will include Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art on 15 September. The sale will feature paintings, ceramics, jades and furniture including a number of Imperial works from distinguished private collections. Overall the sale is estimated to fetch between $11.8/16.2 million. Among the highlights of the sale is a Superb and Rare White Jade Vase and Cover, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, an exquisitely carved vessel from a small group whose designs are based on archaic bronzes (est. $500/700,000). The Qianlong emperor put together a vast collection of archaic bronzes, symbolizing his power and legitimacy whilst also paying tribute to the past. Objects such as the present vase which are made of the finest materials evoked the values and heritage of these past dynasties and a number