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    Sale 2267

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Jades from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 412

    A WELL-CARVED SPINACH-GREEN JADE RUYI SCEPTRE

    18TH/19TH CENTURY

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    A WELL-CARVED SPINACH-GREEN JADE RUYI SCEPTRE
    18TH/19TH CENTURY
    The ruyi head carved with a sinuous chilong with curling bifurcated tail peering inquisitively at a flaming pearl, a second chilong clambering along the arched handle carved as an undulating gnarled branch laden with clumps of lingzhi
    12¼ in. (31.1 cm.) long


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    Compare the green jade ruyi sceptre dated c. 1790 of similar shape, but carved with lilies, fruiting branches and lingzhi, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by M. Wilson, Chinese Jades, London, 2004, p. 92, no. 91. Like the present sceptre, one of the branches of the floral decoration loops around at the end of the shaft to create an aperture for the attachment of a silk cord.

    Provenance

    Collection of Sir Hugh A. Ford.
    The House of Jade, New York, January 1963.