Lot 3426
  • 3426


800,000 - 1,000,000 HKD
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  • 54.3 cm, 21 3/8  in.
cast with an elongated curved shaft with angular gilt edges, the centre with a protruding mid-section, between a convex ruyi head with a pointed tip and a terminal modelled in the form of a stylised ruyi bloom, densely decorated all over on the front and reverse of both the shaft and ruyi head with various floral blooms borne on leafy scrolls and interspersed with fruiting sanduo sprays and accentuated with scrolling blue borders, the end further decorated with an outstretched bat, the thin sides adorned with a floral border, all picked out in bright enamels against a rich ruby-red ground speckled in black, the end with a small loop 

Catalogue Note

Elaborately painted with dense floral scrolls and the auspicious sanduo against a radiant ruby-red ground, this is a rare and impressive example of a painted metal-bodied ruyi sceptre. The vibrant palette of glossy enamels and its complex design, which skilfully combines both precise outlines with washes of colour, are reminiscent of the finest silk brocade, which would have been introduced to China through the ports of Guangdong. A sceptre of this type, with a Qianlong reign mark and of the period, painted with bats and a ‘shou’ medallion on the roundel amidst scrolling flowers and leaves on a yellow ground, in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, was included in the Museum’s exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Ju-I Sceptres in the National Palace Museum, 1974, pl. 30; another decorated with flowers, scrolling leaves and a bat, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum. Enamels. 5. Painted Enamels in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1944), Beijing, 2011, pl. 175; and a blue-ground sceptre decorated with the Eight Buddhist Emblems surrounded by flowers, fruits and scrolling leaves, attributed to the first quarter of the 19th century, in The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, is illustrated in T.B. Arapova, Китайские расписные эмали. Собрание Государственного Эрмитажа [Chinese Painted Enamels. Collection of the State Hermitage], Moscow, 1988, pl. 174.