19 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 88,900
Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
A LARGE GREENISH-WHITE JADE RUYI SCEPTRE
The thick arched shaft carved in high relief on top with tall stems of chrysanthemum rising from pierced rockwork cradled by a raised angular border carved with key fret at the triangular tip which is pierced, the ruyi head carved at the top with chrysanthemum flowers borne on an openwork stem that extends over the edge from the back of the shaft, the greenish-white stone with some dark grey and opaque white inclusions
17¾ in. (45.1 cm.) long, box and stand
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A similar jade ruyi sceptre in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum is illustrated in Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth, Toronto, 1992, p. 39, no. 16.
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, Whampoa, Guangzhou, circa 1890 - 1920s, thence by descent within the family.
PROPERTY FROM A NORTH AMERICAN CHINESE FAMILY COLLECTION, FORMED DURING THE LATE QING DYNASTY