18 septembre 2018

A painted and enameled biscuit figure of Bhadra, Republic period, seal of Zeng Longsheng (1901-1964)

A painted and enameled biscuit figure Bhadra, Republic period, seal of Zeng Longsheng (1901-1964)

Lot 1488. A painted and enameled biscuit figure of Bhadra, Republic period, seal of Zeng Longsheng (1901-1964). Height 15 3/8  in., 39 cm. Estimate: 10,000 — 15,000 USDSold Price: 40,000 USD. Courtesy Sotheby's.

depicted with a full face, seated in dhyanasana in monk's robes with the surplice fastened with a ring over the proper left shoulder, holding a mala over the lap, sutra texts stacked behind and all supported by a rockwork base, the base with an impressed rectangular cartouche seal reading Zeng Longsheng zao.

NoteZeng Longsheng was a Republic period Jingdezhen artisan who specialized in figural works. A complete set of the eighteen Luohan by Zeng Longsheng, donated by Sir Kenneth Ping-fan Fung, is in the collection of the University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, inv. no. HKU.C.1978.0654(1). Another example from the same series was sold at Christie's New York, 18th-19th September 2014, lot 983.

Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, New York, 15 Sep 2018

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