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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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: 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.