Lot 5028. A nanmu root ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty; ruyi sceptre 45.7 cm, 18 in., painting: 50 by 78 cm, 19 3/4 by 30 3/4 in. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 HKD. Sold for 52,500 HKD (6,212 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
formed from a single piece of root, the gnarled node forming the head and the twisted stem as the shaft, the patina of a reddish-brown tone, together with an ink painting on paper by the Master of the Water, Pine and Stone Retreat, with one seal of the artist.
Provenance: Water, Pine and Stone Retreat collection, acquired in New York in 2000.
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 8th April 2010, lot 1701.