A large Imperial gilt-filigree ruyi with inlaid jadeite Qing dynasty
Lot 428
A magnificent gilt-filigree, jadeite-inlaid and champlevé-enamelled ruyi Imperial, Guangxu period
HK$ 1.2 million - 1.5 million
US$ 150,000 - 190,000

Lot Details
A large Imperial gilt-filigree ruyi with inlaid jadeite Qing dynasty
Chinese Jade from the John and Berthe Ford Collection (lots 389 to 428)
A magnificent gilt-filigree, jadeite-inlaid and champlevé-enamelled ruyi
Imperial, Guangxu period
The scepter magnificently executed in intricate gold filigree work, the wires forming a net of interlocking circular chains shaping the form of the ruyi including the head, central bulb and lower section, all sumptuously inlaid in jadeite and intricately worked depicting a scene of three stylised lotus blossoms amongst scrolling stems at the head, a mythical beast with a defined spine and trifurcated tail in a bamboo grove at the bulb, a stylised lotus blossom with accompanied bamboo and lingzhi at the bottom, all surrounded by a band of delicately fashioned butterflies and shou charaters, the shaft decorated with auspicious Daoist symbols including a flute basket of flowers and fan inlaid in semi-precious stones, and enamelled in rich tones of cobalt-blue, the ruyi outlined in studded borders, the stone of brilliant apple-green and white colour.
61cm long.

Footnotes

  • 清光緒  御製纍絲內填琺瑯鑲翡翠瑞獅花卉紋如意

    Provenance來源:
    By repute, removed from the Imperial collection in the 1880s
    Edward Choate O'Dell, Baltimore

    The pair to this ruyi, which is said to have been removed from the Imperial collection in Beijing in the 1880s together with the current lot, was formerly in the Elizabeth W.Coles collection, and the Francis Ralston Welsh collection, Pennsylvania, and was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1892-1917, before being donated to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in the 1950s. It is currently on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama.

    For an elaborate box and cover of matching decoration from the Qing court collection in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, also commissioned for the court of the Dowager Empress Cixi, see the National Palace Museum 80th Anniversary Edition, Treasures from the Working of Nature, Taipei, 2007, pg. 120 (fig.1).
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