A blanc-de-Chine figure of a dignitary and acolyte 17th/18th century
Lot 2
A blanc-de-Chine figure of Wenchang and acolyte 17th/18th century
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 39,530) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A blanc-de-Chine figure of Wenchang and acolyte
17th/18th century
The God of Literature modelled seated wearing a scholar's cap and the face with indentations for a moustache and beard, one hand hidden within the long-sleeved robe and the other holding a scroll, accompanied by a small smiling acolyte, wood stand.
24cm (9 3/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十七/十八世紀 德化白瓷文昌童子像

    Provenance: acquired from L.Wannieck, Paris, on 26 October 1936
    A European private collection and thence by descent

    Wenchang, the Daoist God of Literature, has been variously associated with figures from the Jin, Tang and Song Dynasties. He was believed to be the bearer of good luck for ill-prepared examination candidates and often holds as in the present example a scroll containing the results of the examinations. The God is variously modelled on his own or with Zhuyi, the distributor of examination results, Guixing, a demon-like figure and often is depicted with two attendants, Tianlong and Diya, one of which is probably modelled in the present lot.

    Compare similar blanc-de-Chine figures of Wenchang, illustrated by P.J.Donnelly, Blanc De Chine: The Porcelain of Têhua in Fukien, New York, 1967, pls.96 A and B (Wenchang with Guixing); R.Kerr and J.Ayers, Blanc De Chine: Porcelain from Dehua, Chicago, 2002, pl.28 (Wenchang and Zhuyi); and R.H.Blumenfield, Blanc De Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua, Berkeley, 2002, p.105 pl.C (Wenchang).
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