A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century
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A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child Two impressed He Chaozong Yin marks, 17th century
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A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child He Chaozong Yin mark and XXXXXXXX mark, 17th century
A rare blanc-de-chine figure of Guanyin and child
Two impressed He Chaozong Yin marks, 17th century
The Goddess of Mercy superbly modelled with finely hooded eyes cast downwards under highly arching brows and thick hair gathered in two simple knots resting on each shoulder, the delicate fingers gently supporting a boy seated on her lap with the right hand holding a lotus pod over his shoulder and the left hand clutching at the goddess' robe, the Goddess seated on an exquisitely sculptured rockwork with the right foot tucked onto the left knee, all covered with a creamy glaze. 36.8cm (14½in) high

Footnotes

  • 十七世紀 德化白瓷送子觀音像 「何朝宗印」篆書模款

    Provenance: acquired by John Sparks, Ltd. London, from auction in aid of the French in Great Britain Fund, before 15 March 1944
    Acquired from John Sparks Ltd., London, on 15 March 1944 (invoice dated 6 April 1944).
    An English private collection

    來源:購於倫敦古董商John Sparks,1944年3月15日前來自一場英國基金援助法國的拍賣
    1944年3月15日購於倫敦古董商John Sparks (發票日期為1944年4月6日)
    英國私人收藏

    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, and his works can now be found in the collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing and in important museum and private collections.

    While the number of examples of Guanyin figures attributed to He Chaozong have led some to believe that the potter was a particular devotee of the Goddess, it is extremely rare to find a Guanyin of such complexity. The Goddess holds a child in her lap, with scrolls and books beside her, all balanced on rockwork of astonishing height and with extraordinary depth to the hollows. In this piece the master demonstrates not only the luxuriantly-draping robes and smooth, noble faces for which he is famous, but also extreme technical virtuosity in the complex detailing around the main figure. Compare similar treatment of the figure and rockwork in a Guanyin also with the impressed He Chaozong yin mark illustrated by Wu Tung, Earth Transformed: Chinese Ceramics in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 2001, p.138.

    It is extremely rare to find a He Chaozong piece with two marks, however other examples are extant in museum and private collections; see a figure of Li Taibo illustrated by R.H.Blumenfield, Blanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua, Berkeley, 2002, p.134, where the author also mentions two pieces each with two marks in the British Museum, as well as one formerly in the collection of S.Marchant & Son, and another in the author's own collection.

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