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RARE SCEPTRE RUYI EN BRONZE DORE ET INCRUSTATIONS DE VERRE
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RARE SCEPTRE RUYI EN BRONZE DORE ET INCRUSTATIONS DE VERRE

CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE

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RARE SCEPTRE RUYI EN BRONZE DORE ET INCRUSTATIONS DE VERRE
CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, XVIIIEME-XIXEME SIECLE
The elegant ruyi sceptre is exquisitely inlaid with translucent coloured glass paste imitating precious stones, and is decorated with six-petal prunus flowers on a ruby 'cracked ice' ground. The hinged roundel on the terminal originally contained a European watch. The reverse side is incised with the Eight Buddhist Emblems and a Qianlong four-character mark.
17½ in. (44.5 cm.) long
Provenance
Previously in a French private collection since 1980.
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A RARE GILT-BRONZE AND PASTE-EMBELISHED RUYI SCEPTRE
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, 18TH-19TH CENTURY

Lot Essay

This superb ruyi sceptre was originally inset with a European watch and was probably presented to the Qing court as a gift. During the Qing period, ruyi sceptres were considered to be auspicious, since ruyi can be translated as 'as one wishes'.

There are two comparable examples, elaborately encrusted on the entire upper surfaces with paste and inset with a watch on the terminal of the ruyi head. The first is in the Beijing Palace Museum collection, embellished with ruby-red paste and dated to the 18th century, illustrated in Qinggong Zhongbiao Zhencang, Timepieces in the Qing Palace Collection, Forbidden City Press, 1995, pp. 206-207. The second example is inset with a repeating and striking watch signed by Windmills and engraved with the Prince of Wales feathers, and was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 26 April 2004, lot 1388. See also another comparable ruyi sceptre sold in Nagel, 11 May 2012, lot 1029.

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