the gilded scabbard densely decorated with floral openwork scroll, bound at either end by bands of red and clear glass paste cabochon, the top of the sheath further decorated with a six-petal floret in glass paste, attached with a suspension loop at the end, the knife adorned with an evenly translucent white jade handle above a matching red glass band, the blade finely incised with a stylised dragon chasing a flaming pearl with the original gilding still visible
Similar knives with jade handles include a gold knife and turquoise, coral and lazurite-inlaid gold sheath included in the exhibition Splendours of China's Forbidden City, The Field Museum, Chicago, 2004, cat. no. 248; another with an intricately carved wood scabbard depicting a flowering lotus scroll, from the collection of Dr. Ip Yee, included in the exhibition Bamboo Wood Carvings and the East, Spink and Son Ltd., London, 1979, cat. no. 277, and sold in these rooms, 19th November 1984, lot 63; a third with a diaper-carved bamboo scabbard sold at Christie's New York, 21st September 2004, lot 76. See also a pair of knives with carved jade handles and scabbards sold in our London rooms, 7th June 1994, lot 138.
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