Guanyin seated on a raised rockwork throne, wearing long robes extending to a cowl, resting her hand on her raised right knee, wearing a jewelled necklace and elaborate ﬂoral scroll tiara, covered in a cream glaze. 9 1/8 inches, 23.2 cm high. Late Ming Dynasty, circa 1620. Photo courtesy Marchant
From the collection of Captain J. Meuldijk, The Netherlands.
A similar Guanyin from The Koger Collection, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, T_e State Art Museum of Florida, is illustrated by John Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Divine Images in Porcelain, no. 36, p. 85.
Buddha standing on a stylised lotus petal base, wearing long robes and bracelets with tightly knotted hair, covered in a rich cream glaze. 10 3/8 inches, 26.2 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620. Photo courtesy Marchant
Formerly in The Domenech Collection, France, purchased between 1900 and 1930.
Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 25, pp. 46/7.
Guanyin standing with one hand raised, looking down at her boy attendant holding a book, wearing long ﬂowing robes extending to a cowl revealing a ﬂowerhead tiara above her detailed hairwork, with single strap necklace, all on a pierced rockwork base, covered in a rich cream glaze. 9 ¾ inches, 24.8 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640. Photo courtesy Marchant
From an important French collection of a lady in Saint Cloud, France.
A related Guanyin and attendant was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of, Fine Chinese Export Porcelain, 23rd June 1981, no. 268.
Damo seated on a rockwork base with right leg raised supporting his hand holding a scroll, wearing breeches pulled to his shins and a robe tied at the waist extending to a cowl, the face with bushy eyebrows, moustache, beard and typical extended earlobes, covered in a rich cream glaze. 9 1/16 inches, 23 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640. Photo courtesy Marchant
From an important German private collection.
Another on rockwork with right knee raised and the robes extending to a cowl, incised with a He Chaozong yin mark, is illustrated by Liu Youzheng in Blanc de Chine, colour plate 15.
Large group of Guanyin seated on pierced rockwork with a boy on her lap holding a pen and ingot with a bottle vase by her side on a raised rocky outcrop, her detailed hair tied in plaits, the serene features of her face with eyes lowered in a state of contemplation beneath an urna mark on her forehead, with typical elongated earlobes, the hands with bangles exposed, wearing a ﬂowerhead necklace, covered in a rich cream glaze pooling in the rocks and folds. The interior of the base incised under the glaze with a large you character, ‘to have’. 12 1/8 inches, 30.8 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640. Photo courtesy Marchant
From a private collection, Montpellier, France, assembled over 40 years.
A similar example was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 1994, no. 10, p. 24; another from The Hickley Collection, Singapore, is illustrated by Rose Kerr & John Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Porcelain from Dehua, no. 8.
Guanyin seated on a reed mat with her left leg raised, her hands concealed by long ﬂowing robes revealing her exposed right foot, extending to a cowl, wearing a ruyi-head necklace, the top of her hair neatly tied and supporting a ruyi-head tiara, covered in a pale cream glaze. 8 3/4 inches, 22.3 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, Circa 1640. Photo courtesy Marchant
Carved and pierced openwork wood stand.
From a Swiss private collection, Geneva.
Acquired from L. Wannieck, Paris in the 1930’s and bearing original label.
An identical Guanyin was sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of, The Edward T. Chow Collection, Ming and Qing Porcelain, Part Three, 19th May 1981, no. 462, pp. 78/9; a further example was sold by Christie’s New York in their auction of, Fine Chinese Ceramics, Jades and Works of Art,19th September 2007, no. 378, p. 363; another, holding a rosary on a reed mat, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 13, pp. 28/9.
LONDON – Coinciding with Asian Art in London, 30th October – 8th November 2014, Marchant are delighted to announce the exhibtion and sale of ‘Blanc de Chine’. This is Marchant’s fourth exhibition of the same name, previous exhibitions having been held in 1985, 1994 and 2006.
The exhibition will take place at 120 Kensington Church Street from Monday 3rd November until Friday 28th November.
A hardback fully illustrated book of the collection is now available, priced at £80 GBP/ $130 USD (inc. p&p) and will be able to view on their website from tomrorow. Friday 24th October. http://www.marchantasianart.com .