A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640
Lot 127
A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha
Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640
Sold for £67,250 (US$ 105,043) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640 A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640 A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640 A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640
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A very fine blanc-de-chine figure of Buddha
Impressed He Chaozong yin four-character mark, circa 1640
The Buddha elegantly modelled with elaborate tight curls covering the head and his eyes calmly downcast with serene expression and elongated ears, his right hand holding a sutra and left hand in the bhumisparsa mudra, wearing long flowing robes in thick folds with bare chest and feet, standing on a single-lotus pedestal with beaded edging, the mark impressed on the back of the figure, all covered with a rich creamy glaze. 47.5cm (18½in) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: an Italian private collection

    約1640年 德化窯白釉佛像 「何朝宗印」篆書印款

    來源: 意大利私人收藏

    He Chaozong (by tradition, living AD1522-1612) is considered to be one of the greatest master potters of Dehua figures, creating figures of pure white clay with a creamy pearl-like glaze. By absorbing various techniques of clay modelling, wood tooling and stone carving, he developed his own method which became known as the He School.

    He Chaozong excelled at creating statues of the Buddha, Guanyin and of the Immortals for temples and palaces, but figures of the Buddha are among the most rare and precious of his creations. His works can now be found in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing and in leading private collections and museums in Europe.

    Compare a very similar figure attributed to He Chaozong in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated by P.J.Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, New York, 1967, pl.146A. Another blanc-de-chine standing Buddha in a similar pose but slightly smaller was included in the exhibition by S.Marchant & Son, Blanc de Chine, London, 2006, no.8.

    Compare also two blanc-de-chine figures of Guanyin, signed He Chaozong, which were sold in these rooms, 10 November 2011, lot 210, and 12 May 2012, lot 297.
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