• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

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

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1075

    A RARE SILVER-INLAID PARCEL-GILT BRONZE RUYI SCEPTRE

    LATE MING DYNASTY, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SILVER-INLAID PARCEL-GILT BRONZE RUYI SCEPTRE
    LATE MING DYNASTY, LATE 16TH/EARLY 17TH CENTURY
    The long slender handle inlaid in silver wire with an inscription, fu shou wu jiang (fortune and longevity forever), between decorative borders above and below, the ruyi-shaped head and the upper and lower portions of the handle gilded, the tip pierced, with extensive malachite encrustation
    15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) long, wood box


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    Compare two ruyi sceptres of this type, one with silver-inlaid mark, Yunjian Hu Wenming zuo, illustrated by P. Moss, Emperor, Scholar, Artisan, Monk, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1984, no. 126; the other with a Yunjian Shen Minghuo zuo mark sold in these rooms, 20 March 2001, lot 71, both dated late Ming dynasty.

    Provenance

    Tonying & Co., New York.