Two 'Blanc-de-Chine' figures. Qing dynasty

The first depicting Guanyin standing barefoot upon a low incised base covered by rolling waves, gazing down to her left, both hands held in front with the left grasping the ends of her flowing robe tied in a knot at her navel, wearing bangles on both wrists, the round face below finely combed hair pulled up in a wave-like knot, the back with an impressed seal reading Zhang Shoushan in a double-gourd; the other figure depicting the Daoist God of Literature, Wenchang, seated upon a rocky base, his left elbow resting on the rock with the hand slightly open to hold a ruyi scepter (now lost), the other arm obscured by his long sleeves, the face with downcast eyes and piercings below the ears and above and below his lips (2) - height of guanyin 11 1/4 in., 28.6 cm height of wenchang 13 1/2 in., 34.3 cm - Estimate: 10,000—15,000 USD

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art including Chinese and Japanese Art from The Collection of Frieda and Milton Rosenthal. 16 Sep 08. www.sotheby's.com