• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2196

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    15 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 227

    A RARE JADE AND HARDSTONE-EMBELLISHED ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE JADE AND HARDSTONE-EMBELLISHED ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The zitan handle in the shape of a gnarled stem carved in high openwork relief on top with subsidiary branches bearing heads of lingzhi fungus in white and green jade, amethyst, lapis lazuli, and three kinds of agate, the large fungus head at the top carved from semi-translucent green jade
    17 in. (43.2 cm.) long, fitted box


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    Compare the wood ruyi scepter in the Palace Museum, Beijing, similarly carved as a gnarled branch bearing lingzhi heads inlaid in various hardstones, illustrated in The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings, Beijing, 2002, p. 150, no. 109.

    Provenance

    Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY