€124k for a Chinese Emperor's sceptre
124k for a Chinese Emperor's sceptre
Dating from the 18th century, the 48.5cm jade artefact doubled its lower estimate in Paris
As we previously reported, a Chinese sceptre from the 18th century Quian Long period sold at Htel Drouot's sale of Islamic art from Asia and the East on December 16, 2009.
Made from celadon nephrite jade and streaked with rust, the sceptre brought an incredible 123,920.
Sold for 123,920
The final hammer price was remarkablybeyondits pre-sale estimate of 60,000-80,000.
One side of its handle bears an inscription including the term "Ruyi", meaning ceremonial sceptre in Chinese Buddhism, or a talisman.
The sceptre is also marked with a distinctive decoration of bats, peaches and lemons -along with an engraving which suggests that it was once a gift from the official Fengan Xu Zhu to the Chinese Emperor.
Another item belonging to a Chinese Emperor also sold for six figures in October, at Bonhams.
An Imperial white jade 'double dragon' seal - once thepersonal seal of Emperor Guangxuduring the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 - sold for a massive 305,600, against an estimate of 20,000-30,000.
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