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Lot 8. A rare yellow jade 'lingzhi' ruyi sceptre, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 31.6 cmEstimate: 500,000 - 700,000 HKD. Lot sold: 3,024,000 HKD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

with the head depicted as three lingzhi blooms, the largest one rendered borne on a gently gnarled branch forming the shaft and issuing further lingzhi blooms, the warm yellow stone with russet patches, original wood stand.

Property from an Old Hong Kong Family Collection.

Provenance : Sotheby's Hong Kong, 19th November 1985, lot 93.
Christie's Hong Kong, 2nd October 1991, lot 1459.

Note : This sceptre is distinguished for the highly valued yellow stone from which it has been fashioned. Owing to the rarity of yellow jade, its brownish skin was often worked into a piece, as seen on the present lot, to use to the best advantage of this precious material.

Compare a similar, green example, preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing (accession no. Gu 88937), illustrated in Gugong Bowuyuan cangpin daxi: yuqi bian, vol. 8: Qing / Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum: Jade, vol. 8: Qing Dynasty, Beijing, 2011, pl. 73; a larger, white jade sceptre in the National Palace Museum, Taipei (accession no. Zhong yu 000629 [http://antiquities.npm.gov.tw/Utensils_Page.aspx?ItemId=1215]), included in the Museum’s exhibition Auspicious Ju-I Scepters of China, Taipei, 1995, cat. no. 26; and a yellow ruyi in the form of a lingzhi branch, but carved with archaistic dragons on the head and stem, sold in these rooms, 17th May 1977, lot 312.

White jade spirit-fungus ruyi scepter, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

White jade spirit-fungus ruyi scepter, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), accession no. Zhong yu 000629, National Palace Museum, Taipei 

Sotheby'sMonochrome III, Hong Kong, 22 April 2021