03 juillet 2021

An inscribed boxwood ruyi, Qng dynasty, 17th-18th century

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Lot 3044. An inscribed boxwood ruyi, Qng dynasty, 17th-18th century; 13 ¾ in. (34.9 cm.) long, Japanese wood box. Estimate HKD 100,000 - HKD 150,000Price realised HKD 125,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021

The smooth wood is well carved as a gnarled lingzhi stem with a large lingzhi head at one end and smaller heads sprouting from the sides. The reverse is incised with a poetic inscription by the Tang dynasty poet Li Shangyin, followed by a signature and seal.

Provenance: The Zuiun Collection, sold at Bonhams New York, 15 March 2017, lot 5008.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, 28 May 2021


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