Large figure of Guanyin seated cross-legged on a lotus throne, her hands in dhyanamudra, wearing an elaborate crown surmounted by a seated Buddhist figure, her elaborate robes ﬂowing over the throne and revealing a ruyi-head necklace, covered in a rich cream glaze. 11 inches, 28 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620. Photo courtesy Marchant
From a private collection, Montpellier, France, assembled over 40 years.
A related Guanyin on a similar base 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. 460, pp. 76/7.
Guanyin standing on a ruyi-head cloud base with one foot exposed and crossed hands, wearing long ﬂowing robes extending to a cowl, her eyes looking slightly downwards with serene expression of contemplation, covered in a thick cream glaze, tinged with pink. The interior of the base with Chinese characters written in black ink, possibly reading Shunzhi. 10 ¾ inches, 27.3 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1630. Photo courtesy Marchant
From the collection of Oscar and Margaretha Hallberg, thence by decent to Per-Uno Hallberg (1920-2003). This figure was a gift in Shanghai in 1925, according to the family.
A similar standing figure of Guanyin, bearing an impressed He Chaozong mark, formerly in the collection of E. T. Chow, was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 1994, no. 3, pp. 18/19 and front cover, and was also included by Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre in Qing Porcelain, Famille Verte, Famille Rose, plate 335, p. 243; another bequeathed by Patrick Donnelly is illustrated by Jessica Harrison-Hall inMing Ceramics in the British Museum, no. 17:15, inventory number OA1980.7-28. 290 pp. 514/5.
Guanyin seated on a pierced rockwork throne in the position of royal ease, rajalalitasana, with hands in front of her raised right knee, wearing long ﬂowing robes draped over the rockwork and extending to a cowl, her right foot exposed, wearing an elaborate lingzhi and jewelled necklace and ruyi-head tiara, covered in a cream glaze. 7 inches, 17.8 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640. Photo courtesy Marchant
From the collection of Patrick Huth Jackson (1922-2009).
A similar Guanyin, from The Hickley Collection, Singapore, is illustrated by Rose Kerr & John Ayers inBlanc de Chine, Porcelain from Dehua, no. 5.
Buddha seated in meditation, his legs crossed in padmasana, the lotus posture with one foot exposed, his hands resting in his lap in dhyanamudra, wearing loose robes draped over the shoulder, tied above the waist, exposing his bare chest, the placid face with eyes looking down between elongated earlobes and beneath a mass of tight curls covering the head, all on a stylised lotus form base, covered in a cream glaze. 10 3/8 inches, 26.3 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620. Photo courtesy Marchant
From a Swiss private collection.
Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 14, pp. 30/1.
A similar figure was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 1994, no. 4, p. 20; another comparable model, from a private collection, New York, is illustrated by the Chinese Porcelain Company in their exhibition of 17th / 18th Century Chinese Porcelain from Distinguished Private Collections, no. 2, and again by John Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Divine Images in Porcelain, China Institute Gallery, New York, 2002, no. 32, p. 81; a further example without the lotus base in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art is illustrated by R. L. Hobson in Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in T_e David Collection, 1928, colour plate CLV, also illustrated by Laurence Binyon and William Llewellyn Lytton in T_e International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Burlington House, London, 1935-36, no.2599, p.239, and by P. J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine, pl. 78B; yet another from The Alexander Collection is included by R. L. Hobson, C.B., Bernard Rackham & William King in Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections, 1931, fig. 46, p. 23.
Guandi seated on a throne, his hands concealed beneath long ﬂowing robes, with exposed armour at his chest, wearing a tied cap with two braids, covered in a cream glaze. 10 inches, 25.4 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1620. Photo courtesy Marchant
From an English private collection.
A similar figure, in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, is illustrated by P. J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine, pl. 97A; another was included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 22, p. 43; a further example, in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, is illustrated by J. P. Palmer in his article, A Young Collector of Blanc de Chine, T_e Connoisseur Magazine, 1964, no. 3, p. 4.
Guandi, the god of war is said to be from Shanxi Province and is one of the three brothers of the Emperor Liu Bei of the T_ree Kingdom period (220-265 C.E.), fighting in defence of the House of Han. In reality, he was a human hero, who came to be worshipped shortly after his death in 219 C.E. He became a Daoist god in the Song dynasty and he is seen as a symbol of dignity, nobility, justice, honesty and integrity and the fight against evil.
Large figure of a standing scholar wearing long ﬂowing robes tied above the waist, holding a sceptre in his right hand, with exposed ruyi-head front shoes, on a wave and rockwork base, wearing a folded cap with long plaits extending to his shoulders, his upper lip and chin pierced for the insertion of real hair, covered in a rich cream glaze. 16 ¾ inches, 42.5 cm high. Late Ming dynasty, circa 1630. Photo courtesy Marchant
From the collection of Captain J. Meuldijk, The Netherlands.
A related seated figure in the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Holland, described as Han Xiangzi, the Daoist Immortal, is illustrated by P. J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine, pl. 101C. See no. 4.
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 .