A Chinese Celadon Jade Ruyi Scepter, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century;16-1/8 inches long (41.0 cm). Sold for $68,750.
DALLAS, TX.- A Chinese Celadon Jade Ruyi Scepter, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th century sold for $68,750, nearly doubling its pre-auction estimate, to lead Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Asian Art Auction June 29-30 in Beverly Hills, California, to a final total of $2,178,339.25.
Measuring 16-1/8 inches long, it is carved from fine light celadon nephrite and is decorated with the Eight Buddhist Emblems and adorned with a silk tassel.
Another jade piece from the same era, a Fine Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Ruyi Scepter, Qing Dynasty, 18th century, brought $62,500. Ruyi scepters are symbols of authority and esteem in Chinese culture and take their shape from that of the lingzhi fungus.
Formerly of the Collection of Philip Cardeiro, the 20-inch ruyi is carved from celadon nephrite with russet inclusions and decorated with auspicious bats and pomegranates.
The Estate of Philip Cardeiro. A Fine Chinese Carved Celadon Jade Ruyi Scepter in Glass Display Case, Qing Dynasty, 18th century; 20 inches long (50.8 cm). Sold for $62,500.
"Chinese jade has always enjoyed exceptional popularity among collectors," Heritage Auctions Asian Art Director Richard Cervantes said. "Its elegance and beauty evokes the splendor of Dynastic China."
A pair of Indian works were the objects of competitive bidding: an Indian Gouache Folio Illustration Depicting Chinnamasta, late 18th-early 19th century nearly doubled its high pre-auction estimate when it finished at $60,000, and an Indian Bhagavata Purana Gouache Folio Illustration Depicting the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Ocean Milk), early 19th century nearly tripled its high estimate when it closed at $55,000.
An Indian Gouache Folio Illustration Depicting Chinnamasta, late 18th-early 19th century;7-3/8 inches high x 7-3/8 inches wide (18.7 x 18.7 cm) (work); 14-3/4 inches high x 14-3/4 inches wide (framed). Sold for $60,000.
The folio page depicting the self-decapitated nude goddess, seated atop a divine copulating couple, holding her own severed head in one hand and a sword in the other, three jets of blood spurting from neck caught in dishes and drunk by her severed head and two attendants.
An Indian Bhagavata Purana Gouache Folio Illustration Depicting the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Ocean Milk), early 19th century; 8 inches high x 12 inches wide (20.3 x 30.5 cm) (work), 17-1/4 inches high x 21-1/4 inches wide (framed). Sold for $55,000.
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
A Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) Chinese Ink and Watercolor Scroll. Marks: (two artist's seals); 37-1/2 inches high x 15-1/2 inches wide (95.3 x 39.4 cm) (work), 85-1/2 inches high x 22 inches wide (overall). Sold for $52,500.
A Li Keran (1907-1989) Chinese Watercolor Painting Depicting a Boy on Buffalo Under Prunus Tree. Marks: Four red artist's seals; 26-3/4 inches high x 17-5/8 inches wide (67.9 x 44.8 cm) (work), 54 inches high x 22-1/2 inches wide (overall). Alternate artist spellings: ???, Li K'o-jan, ???. Sold for $43,750.
A Fine Chinese Inscribed and Embellished Lacquer Panel Inset with Jade and Hardstone Mounts, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period, circa 1735-1795;45-1/2 inches high x 28-1/2 inches wide (115.6 x 72.4 cm). Sold for $42,500.
Ref: Sotheby's Hong Kong, Imperial Interiors, 7 October 2015, lot 3001. The panel with high relief carved cinnabar border in red, blue, black, and brown to the top of the composition, above an amber-colored lacquered ground with inscribed prose to the left, inset zitan pagoda surrounded by jade, coral, agate, and hardstone people, animals, and rocky outcropping.
A Chinese Folio Album with Watercolor Landscape Paintings by Huang Binhong (1865-1955) and Colophon by Hu Nianzu (b. 1927); 13-1/2 inches high x 11 inches wide (34.3 x 27.9 cm) (each, work), 16-3/4 inches high x 13-1/4 inches wide (overall). Sold for $37,500.
Album containing seven watercolor landscape painting and one colophon page.
Provenance: Collection of Robert H. Ellsworth;
Acquired from the above.
A Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Meiping Vase, Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Period, circa 1662-1722; 14 inches high (35.6 cm). Sold for $35,000.