15 September 2009
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. KELLEY
A RARE JADE AND HARDSTONE-EMBELLISHED ZITAN RUYI SCEPTER
The zitan handle in the shape of a gnarled stem carved in high openwork relief on top with subsidiary branches bearing heads of lingzhi fungus in white and green jade, amethyst, lapis lazuli, and three kinds of agate, the large fungus head at the top carved from semi-translucent green jade
17 in. (43.2 cm.) long, fitted box
Acquired circa 1960s-1974, and thence by descent within the family.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Compare the wood ruyi scepter in the Palace Museum, Beijing, similarly carved as a gnarled branch bearing lingzhi heads inlaid in various hardstones, illustrated in The Palace Museum Collection of Elite Carvings, Beijing, 2002, p. 150, no. 109.
The hottest exhibitions in new and emerging art destinations across the globe this summer, from Wu Guangzhong in Singapore to Marina Abramovic in Bangkok
How to get clued up on everything from reign marks to firing flaws, palettes, glazes and the different kilns
As well as keeping the bed cool, ancient Chinese ceramic pillows made for auspicious gifts and warded off evil spirits
The Belgian collector, antiques dealer and designer outlines what the art and objects in his library mean to him
The founder of the 1-54 art fair on giving African artists international visibility, growing up with an artist father, and building her own collection