• 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 233

    A SOAPSTONE-EMBELLISHED SILVER WIRE-INLAID ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A SOAPSTONE-EMBELLISHED SILVER WIRE-INLAID ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The head inlaid with a quadrilobed soapstone plaque of ivory color carved in relief with a squirrel climbing amidst a fruiting grapevine, with two further soapstone plaques carved with grapevine on the shaped handle which is inlaid in fine silver wire with a lengthy inscription within a rectangular panel, a yu zhi mark within a smaller panel and archaistic scrolls, with silver wire borders on the reverse
    17 in. (43 cm.) long, fitted box


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    Provenance

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


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY