Elegantly rendered and of impressive size and scale with ruyi shaped head carved in low relief with a basket of plump peaches raised on a cloud base with long vines and tendrils emanating towards the outer rim in a swirling pattern and together with a small bat to the top, the S-curved shaft of thick proportion and decorated with a climbing branch of peaches and a secondary, larger bat along the bottom of the rounded handle, the semi-translucent stone of a pale and even celadon colour
length 16.4" — 41.7 cm.
December 02, 2013
Price Realised: $347,500
The ruyi or “wish granting” sceptre is one of the most auspicious symbols in Chinese art and during the Qing dynasty was customarily presented to the Imperial family as well as members of the upper classes on significant occasions such as birthdays, betrothals, or weddings.
Fashioned from a variety of media including wood, gold, silver, or as seen in this present example, carved from jade or other types of precious or semi-precious stone, most sceptres followed a similar form with curved handle joining a cloud or lingzhi-shaped head. These sceptres were then further embellished with auspicious symbols relevant to the occasion and recipient.
Decorated with bats and plump peaches, symbols of happiness and longevity respectively, suggests that this sceptre was possibly created in honour of a milestone birthday.
With the twisting shaft joining a ruyi-form head and carved in high relief throughout with branches of peaches, bats, and ‘shou’ roundels, the spinach green stone mottled with lighter inclusions TOGETHER WITH a pierced jade pendant and tassel
sceptre length 14.2" — 36 cm.
June 09, 2014
Decorated on a rich blue ground with elaborate entangled lotus and Eight Daoist Emblems motifs, inlaid lapis lazuli and other gemstones depicting a peach, pine tree, and crane. With brown silk tassle
length 16.5" — 42 cm.
June 13, 2016
With a ruyi-form head, and scrolling budda hand citron and lingzhi carved to the body
length 14" — 35.5 cm.
November 30, 2015
Finely moulded over the body with an archaic dragon motif, with two raised openwork placques imitating jadeite, and the ruyi head depicting a bat, the edge with a gilt key fret band, rendered in rich tones of orange, turquoise, green and periwinkle
length 17.6" — 44.8 cm.
June 13, 2016
Decorated on a rich blue ground with elaborate entangled lotus and Eight Buddhist Emblems, or ‘Bajixiang’ motifs, inlaid lapis lazuli and other gemstones depicting a peach, pine tree, and crane. With yellow silk tassle
height 16.7" — 42.5 cm.
June 08, 2015
Waddington’s Asian Art department is Canada’s leader in serving the demands of the rapidly growing Asian art market. Specializing in jade, paintings, porcelain, religious works of art, textiles, woodblock and export wares, we present works from China, Japan, Korea, South East Asia, South Asia, and the Himalayan region.