16 juin 2018

A Dehua Hehe Erxian group, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

A Dehua Hehe Erxian group, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century

Lot 3724. A Dehua Hehe  Erxian group, Qing dynasty, 18th-19th century; 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) high. Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 375,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2011.

Modelled in the form of the laughing twins turned inwards to face one another, both standing on a large lotus leaf, atop a base of rolling waves one twin stands wearing loose robes open at the chest to reveal a ruyi-form necklace, his hair in two top-knots, in his right hand holding a large plantain leaf over his his shoulder, embracing his companion, similarly dressed with a loose robe to reveal a smaller ruyi-form necklace, with long hair trailing down his back and a bald patch on the top of his head, both hands holding onto a slightly opened basket to reveal the head of a tortoise.

Note: The Hehe Erxian, or the Two Immortals of Harmony and Unity, were believed to preside over happy marriages, and are adaptations of two famous poet-monks of the Tang dynasty, Hanshan and Shide. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the twins were usually depicted holding a box, he, and a lotus stem. The homophone he provides a rebus for harmony.

Compare a very similar Dehua group with a Xu Yunlin sealmark in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, included in the exhibition, The Wonders of the Potter's Palette, Hong Kong Museum of Art and illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 141. A slightly larger group was sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 1 December 2010, lot 2811.

Christie's. Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall, 1 June 2011 

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