• 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 238

    AN UNUSUAL CARVED THREE-COLOR LACQUER RUYI SCEPTER

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

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    AN UNUSUAL CARVED THREE-COLOR LACQUER RUYI SCEPTER
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    The ruyi-shaped head carved through the red and green layers to the ochre ground with a Daoist immortal holding a lotus stem while standing in a landscape below a conjoined scroll border, the shaped handle carved with archaistic scrolls, a bat suspending a wan emblem and a beribboned chime amidst vapor in the center section, and a bat in the ruyi-shaped tip, with key fret on the sides and diaper pattern on the reverse, yellow silk tassel
    15¼ in. (38.8 cm.) long, wood 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