A 'Dehua' figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty, late 17th-early 18th century

Lot 291. A 'Dehua' figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty, late 17th-early 18th century. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD.Photo: Sotheby's

the bodhisattva seated in vajraparyankasana on a lotus base and wearing loose robes ribbon-tied at the waist, sixteen of eighteen arms holding attributes, the diadem centered with a figure of Amitabha Buddha and encircling a double chignon above the open third eye - Height 10 in.; 25.5 cm

From the Collection of Richard Lehman Gray

Note: A similar example formerly in the collection of Augustus the Strong, now in the Dresden Porcelain Collection, inventoried in 1721 as no. 81, is illustrated in Rose Kerr and John Ayers, Blanc de Chine, Porcelain from Dehua, Chicago, 2002, p. 53, fig. 3; another from the Gruber Collection is illustrated in P. J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, London, 1969, pl. 99B; and a third example is illustrated in Robert H. Blumenfield, Blanc de Chine: The Great Porcelain of Dehua, Berkeley, 2002, pl. 52..

Sotheby's. Important Chinese Art, New York, 13 sept. 2016, 10:30 AM