CHRISTIES MANDARIN & MENAGERIE: THE SOWELL COLLECTION, PART II 9/16/15 SALE CODE 3768
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
16 September 2015
Over a period of about 20 years, James Sowell of Dallas formed the best collection of Chinese export birds, animals and figures in the country, in addition to collecting Chinese taste jades, cloisonné and ceramics. The export collection was published in 2008 by Michael Cohen and Will Motley in the lavishly illustrated and fully researched book, Mandarin & Menagerie: Chinese and Japanese Export Ceramic Figures. In January 2015, Christie’s New York offered Part I of The Sowell Collection (Sale 3704: Mandarin & Menagerie) to great success. Part II of this storied collection comes to auction on September 16. Highlights include a white jade marriage bowl from the Qianlong period, a finely carved white jade table screen also from the Qianlong period and a rare pair of finely enameled famille verte rouleau vases from the Kangxi period.