paintings and snuff bottles. Lot 984 is a jadeite carving of Guanyin on an ivory stand from China. Made in the 18th-century, this carved standing figure is an emerald green color and is estimated at $10,000 -$15,000. A jade double-gourd vase and cover from China, lot 1024, was made in the 18th or 19th century, and is valued at $2,000 - $3,000.
Lot 1115, a Kesi dragon robe, comes to Skinner with an interesting history. It was made in China in the 18th-century and was given to Dr. Harvey J. Howard by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. Dr. Howard was in China as the head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Union Medical College in Peking from 1917-1927 and served as the ophthalmologist to Pu Yi, from 1921 to 1925. The estimated value is $8,000 - $12,000. Session III also features paintings from the Pah-Yuen/Boyuan Wang collection, pieces from which previously achieved prices totaling $1.9 million in the last Skinner Asian Art sale. Lot 1157 is a fan painting by Wu Changshuo and has an estimated value of $800 - $1,200. Another fan painting, from the same collection, is lot 1158 by Jin Cai and has an estimate of $600 - $800.
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