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Current bid: $150,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

31706 27-Apr-2023 03:02:31 PM $150,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 03:01:10 PM $140,000 AutoBid

31706 27-Apr-2023 03:01:10 PM $130,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 03:00:12 PM $120,000 AutoBid

31706 27-Apr-2023 03:00:12 PM $110,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 02:20:29 PM $100,000 AutoBid

11925 27-Apr-2023 02:20:29 PM $95,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 02:20:18 PM $90,000 AutoBid

11925 27-Apr-2023 02:20:18 PM $85,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 02:20:03 PM $80,000 AutoBid

11925 27-Apr-2023 02:20:03 PM $75,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 02:19:45 PM $70,000 AutoBid

11925 27-Apr-2023 02:19:45 PM $65,000

918090 27-Apr-2023 12:45:40 PM $60,000 AutoBid

822908 27-Apr-2023 10:43:34 AM $55,000

918040 27-Apr-2023 10:43:11 AM $50,000 AutoBid

822908 27-Apr-2023 10:43:11 AM $47,500

918040 26-Apr-2023 06:56:09 PM $45,000 AutoBid

823190 23-Apr-2023 08:27:30 PM $42,500 AutoBid

917950 23-Apr-2023 08:27:30 PM $40,000

823190 22-Apr-2023 08:45:34 PM $37,500 AutoBid

917950 15-Apr-2023 03:46:04 PM $35,000

11925 13-Apr-2023 10:51:52 PM $32,500

917950 13-Apr-2023 03:12:11 PM $30,000

The bidding history list updated on: Monday, July 22, 2024 04:09:48

LOT 205


A Large and Rare Pale Celadon Jade 'Elephant' Ruyi Sceptre, 18th Century
2 x 3 1/2 x 14 3/4 in, 5.1 x 8.9 x 37.5 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

Sold for: $181,250

Preview at:

P. C. Lu & Sons Ltd, The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Winnipeg, February 2, 1982

Exquisitely carved and impressive in size with a rounded head carved in low relief a large elephant covered in dripping jewelry, its body draped in a rectangular cloud-patterned tapestry and with a large ribboned base on the back, all around the pachyderm are auspicious items including a longevity bat, coins and peaches, the S-curved shaft of thick proportions and carved with archaistic patterns to the end, the base with two drills holes to secure a tassel, overall the jade of an even pale celadon with white inclusions throughout. Wood stand and glass display case.

Although initially bearing ritual value from as early as the Han Dynasty (206 BCE to 220 AD), the ruyi, or “wish granting” sceptre has evolved during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to become a popular symbol of auspiciousness and prestige. In the 18th Century ruyi sceptres were constructed of various materials including bamboo, zitan wood, and cloisonné enamel. However, jade sceptres had the highest status owing to the intrinsic value of the material and its length of time to carve. As a result, jade ruyi sceptres were often offered to the Imperial and aristocratic families on significant occasions such as birthday milestones, weddings, promotions and retirements, embodying the good wishes implied by the design and precious material.

The present lot is an exemplary jade ruyi sceptre and shows the superb craftsmanship of the 18th Century. It comes from a single large piece of pale celadon jade and is extremely well-carved and polished. The sceptre’s head bears an attractive design of an elephant (xiang) covered in caparison embroidered with celestial mountains in waves supporting an antique vase (ping). The words xiang and ping represent the Chinese saying ‘tai ping you xiang’ (‘sign of peace and tranquility’).

This auspicious sceptre would have been a gift to a high-ranking official or noble who exudes grace, wisdom and sound-judgement. It would have been both a status-defining object and a tactile piece for enjoyment.

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