A large 'Blanc de Chine' figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty

Lot 117. A large 'Blanc de Chine' figure of Guanyin, Qing dynasty; 53.5cm., 21 1/8 in. Estimate 15,000 — 18,000 GBP. Lot sold 18,750 GBP. Photo Sotheby's

finely modelled standing on a tumultuous foaming wave base, wearing a long-sleeved robe concealing her hands held together in front of her chest, falling in deep folds around her body and open at the chest to reveal a ruyi pendant on a beaded necklace, the contemplative face with almond-shaped eyes, the hair in long braids and covered by a cowl, the back with an impressed Dehua double-gourd and a Xu Yuyuan zhi mark.

Provenance: Collection of Frances and Raymond Bushell.

The dating of this lot is consistent with the results of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. P107x4

Note: The Xu Yuyuan mark was used by Dehua potters during the Qing Dynasty, see John Ayers, Blanc de Chine: Divine Images in Porcelain, China Institute, New York, 2002, p. 34, where the author notes that the potter Xu Youyi (1887-1940) used this square seal mark.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art. London | 09 Nov 2011