- Title: White jade ruyi sceptre expected to set record sale at Hong Kong auction
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (REUTERS) CHAIRMAN OF SOTHEBYâ€™S ASIA NICOLAS CHOW PRESENTING WHITE JADE RUYI SCEPTRE TO BE AUCTIONED DURING A MEDIA PREVIEW EVENT RUYI SCEPTRE HELD BY CHOW (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF SOTHEBYâ€™S ASIA, NICOLAS CHOW, SAYING: "Throughout the history of the world, sceptres have been great symbols of authority and power for Royals, whether it was in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Roman Empire or France in the 18th century. Now, this is the finest imperial sceptre ever made for the Chinese emperor. It was made for emperor Qianlong, who wrote a poem about this piece when it was presented to him in 1772." WHITE JADE RUYI SCEPTRE ON DISPLAY DRAGON COILED AROUND THE STEM OF WHITE JADE RUYI SCEPTRE STAFF MEMBER TURNING SCEPTRE TO DISPLAY BACK SIDE POEM COMPOSED BY CHINESE EMPEROR QIANLONG INSCRIPTED ON SCEPTRE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF SOTHEBYâ€™S ASIA, NICOLAS CHOW, SAYING: "And he said, according to the poem, that he reversed it and it's truly excellent. So in terms of its size, the whiteness of the jade, the quality of the carving, the symbolism of the design is dragon coiled around the stem. It sort of really distills the idea of imperial power and authority." CHOW AND PRESENTER DISPLAYING SCEPTRE WHITE JADE RUYI SCEPTRE ON DISPLAY MODEL WEARING QUEEN JOSÃ‰PHINE NECKLACE TO BE AUCTIONED AND STAFF MOVING PAINTING OF QUEEN JOSEPHINE FOR PRESENTATION PAINTING/MODEL PEARLS AND DIAMOND NECKLACE ON MODEL PRESENTATION OF NECKLACE
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 14:09
- Keywords: China Qing Sotheby's art auction jade qianlong sceptre
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Art,Asia / Pacific,Arts/Culture/Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWRTAAH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A white jade ruyi sceptre, presented on Wednesday (September 29) in Hong Kong, is tipped to fetch up to $13 million when it heads to auction on October 13
The rare sceptre belonged to Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty 250 years ago and it's inscribed with a poem the Emperor composed to sing its praises, Nicolas Chow, Chairman of Sothebyâ€™s Asia, told a media preview event.
Chow said it is considered to be the finest sceptre ever made for a Chinese emperor partly for its rare dragon carving and the poem inscription.
Sceptres have been great symbols of authority and power for royals throughout world history.
Ruyi sceptres, the Chinese decorative objects that symbolise good fortune, enjoyed a special status in Qing court culture, which had a wide range of uses as gifts, decoration, and tactile pieces to handle for enjoyment.
The precious ornament is expected to set a record sale.
Also on showcase was a pearl and diamond necklace from the early 19th century, named Queen JoseÌphine Necklace. The necklace once belonged to Queen JoseÌphine and was handed down by generations of the Swedish royal family, Sotheby's Auction House said.
It will be auctioned on October 12 in Hong Kong.
(Production: Joyce Zhou)
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