An elegantly carved ivory and polychrome pigment rui scepter with carnelian inlay 18th/19th century
Lot 1109Y
An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay 18th/19th century
Sold for US$ 122,500 inc. premium

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An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay  18th/19th century An elegantly carved ivory and polychrome pigment rui scepter with carnelian inlay 18th/19th century
Property from the estate of George H. Taber, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Descent
An elegantly carved and tinted ivory ruyi scepter with carnelian inlay
18th/19th century
The ivory lightly tinted in spring green hue and intricately reticulated to depict a lush profusion of naturalistically rendered gnarled leafy branches suspending delicate magnolia blossoms in varied stages of bloom left in their original color of ivory white, contrasting brilliantly with the carnelian inlaid to depict additional crab apple buds and blossoms as well as small auspicious bats and peaches, the head of the scepter centered by a single large multi-petaled peony flower intricately carved from carnelian of mottled shades of red.
16in (40.5cm) long

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    on loan, the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, early 1930's until 1940

    Compare a similar ruyi ('as you wish') scepter offered by A & J Speelman in their 2008 Chinese Works of Art catalog, #72 pp 141-142.

    As Speelman points out, scepters of this type were prized as gifts due to their auspicious similarity in shape to the lingzhi fungus, traditionally a Daoist symbol of longevity. These felicitous sentiments are further reinforced by a propitious floral grouping of white magnolia, crab apple and peony. In her Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art (San Francisco, 2006) Terese Tse Bartholomew glosses these symbols as a rebus implying the sentiment: 'May your noble house be blessed with wealth and honor (yutang fugui).'

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