Among the highlights of the New York Asia Week series of sales at Doyle New York was this Qianlong white jade phoenix ewer.
Standing 7½in (19cm) high, it was much
admired for its even white stone, the quality of the high relief
carving and its auspicious form (in China the phoenix represents
female virtues such as beauty and charm).
The ewer was one of 90 lots from the estate
of New Yorker Luz Papasian (1915-2013) that provided many of the
highlights of the Asian Works of Art sale on September 16.
Improving upon a $20,000-30,000 estimate, it was knocked down at
$2.4m/£1.35m ($2.85m including buyer's premium).