An unusual reticulated and enamelled silver ruyi sceptre Late 19th century, two character Changzhen marks [CHECK OTHER MARK ALSO]
Lot 314
A rare reticulated and enamelled silver filigree ruyi sceptre 19th century, two-character Changzhen and Wenliang marks
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 45,752) inc. premium
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A rare reticulated and enamelled silver filigree ruyi sceptre 19th century, two-character Changzhen marks A rare reticulated and enamelled silver filigree ruyi sceptre 19th century, two-character Changzhen marks A rare reticulated and enamelled silver filigree ruyi sceptre 19th century, two-character Changzhen marks An unusual reticulated and enamelled silver ruyi sceptre Late 19th century, two character Changzhen marks [CHECK OTHER MARK ALSO] An unusual reticulated and enamelled silver ruyi sceptre Late 19th century, two character Changzhen marks [CHECK OTHER MARK ALSO] An unusual reticulated and enamelled silver ruyi sceptre Late 19th century, two character Changzhen marks [CHECK OTHER MARK ALSO]
Lot Details
A rare reticulated and enamelled silver filigree ruyi sceptre
19th century, two-character Changzhen and Wenliang marks
The ruyi formed with great delicacy with a shaft of filigree silver on the top supporting the Eight Immortals in enamelled silver, each holding their own attribute amongst various flowering plants including prunus, finger citron and plantain, the neck with four plaques each with a character yi, pin, dang and chao, the ruyi head similarly decorated with enamelled silver figures of Shoulao holding a peach and two scholars, one with a ruyi sceptre and the other holding a child in his arms, the reticulated sides of the sceptre with cartouches of flat emamel foliate scrolls alternating with cartouches of applied flowers on a filigree ground, the underside of the sceptre with a stencilled design of three shou characters amid bats and floral groups.
55.4cm (21¾in) long (2).

Footnotes

  • 十九世紀 銀纍絲填琺瑯嵌八仙賀壽圖如意
    陽文「長珍、文良」楷書款及「一品當朝」楷書款

    Ruyi sceptres reached their artistic zenith as a result of the Qianlong Emperor's official request for ruyi sceptres to be presented by courtiers on Imperial birthdays and New Year celebrations; see E.R.Rawsky and J.Rawson, eds., China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795, London, 2005, pl.282. The sceptre conveyed wishes of longevity as symbolised in the lingzhi fungus-shaped head, in the subject of the Eight Immortals, and in the meaning of ruyi 'as you wish', thus making it an appropriate present on the event of an Imperial birthday and the beginning of a New Year.

    The Qing Dynasty Imperial interest in precious objects, including ruyi sceptres, is well illustrated in a white jade ruyi sceptre depicted in the Guwan tu scroll (Pictures of Ancient Playthings), scroll no.6, 1728, by anonymous Court artists, in the Percival David Foundation, London; see E.R. Rawsky and J. Rawson, eds., op.cit., Catalogue no.168.

    The present ruyi sceptre is a particularly refined example of Qing Dynasty craftsmanship combining the skill of the silversmith with champlevé enamel. The quality and technically complex nature of this work of art would strongly suggest that it was a special commission, and indeed possibly an Imperial tribute from Guangzhou to the Qing Court.

    A very similar silver filigree and enamel ruyi sceptre, attributed to the Qianlong period, illustrated by J.Getz, Avery Collection of Ancient Chinese Cloisonnés, Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, Brooklyn, New York, 1912, pp.65-66, Catalogue no.126.
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