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A hardstone, coral and ivory-inlaid wood ruyi sceptre, Qing Dynasty, Guangxu PeriodEstimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP. Lot 65 sold 40,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s.

the curved knotted shaft terminating to a lingzhi head, inlaid with jade, jadeite, agate, rose quartz, rock crystal, stained ivory and coral, depicting fruiting leafy sprays of peach, the rectangular stand with balustrades and reticulated ivory fence and a shaped textile support bearing an inscription meaning Presented by Gang Yi (1837-1900), who was the Governor of Guangdong during Guangxu period, glass case. Quantity: 3 – 50.5cm., 19 7/8 in.


Inscription on stand, which can be translated as ‘Presented by Gang Yi (1837-1900), the Governor of Guangdong during Guangxu period.

PROVENANCE: According to family tradition directly acquired by a member of the Brockholst Livingston family – the famous Revolutionary War officer Henry Brockholst Livingston (1757 -1823) being the family father – during a visit to China in 1863 and thence by descent to the present owner.

Sotheby’s. Of Royal and Noble Descent, London, 24 Feb 2015, 10:30 AM