Lot 344
  • 344

A LARGE DEHUA FIGURE OF GUANYIN QING DYNASTY, 19TH CENTURY |

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180,000 - 250,000 HKD
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Description

  • 54.6 cm, 21 1/2  in.
skilfully modelled, depicted standing on a base of swirling clouds, wearing layered robes draped over rounded shoulders and opening at the chest to reveal a beaded lotus necklace, the robes hemmed with incised borders and further embellished with beaded tassels on the lower body, the figure holding a ruyi sceptre in the left hand and with the other carrying a basket of fish, the face with a benevolent and peaceful expression, the back impressed with a commendation seal mark reading Boji Yuren (shall virtue extend to all fishermen)

Provenance

A European private collection.
Christie’s Hong Kong, 27th November 2007, lot 1810.

Catalogue Note

Notable for its impressive size, dehua figures with the seal mark boji yuren (Shall virtue extend to all fishermen), are discussed by P.J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine. The Porcelain of Têhua in Fukien, London, 1969, pp 259-260, where he notes that this mark is found mostly on figures of medium size, large and small examples being relatively unusual.

Compare a related figure of Guanyin holding a basket of fish sold in our New York rooms, 13th June 1979, lot 467, and again at Christie’s London, 15th May 2007, lot 263; two sold at Christie’s New York, 29th November 1990, lot 198, and 21st September 2004, lot 306; and a fourth figure sold in our London rooms, 20th February 1968, lot 110.
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