Chinese blanc de Chine Guanyin seated on a rockwork throne with right knee raised, wearing long flowing robes exposing the hands and one foot and extending to a cowl, with elaborate hair and tiara, all between a vase and bird and two acolytes, Longnu, ‘the Jade Maiden’, and Shancai, ‘the Golden Youth’, covered in a cream glaze.

9 1/4 inches, 23.5 cm high.

Late Ming dynasty, circa 1640.


Available on request.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition, Blanc de Chine, 2014, no. 32, p.60 and 61.
  • From an English private collection.
  • This Guanyin appears to be one of the earliest groups with the acolytes and closely resembles one dated to 1629 from The Pao-Ts’an-Shih Collection, Hong Kong, illustrated by P. J. Donnelly in Blanc de Chine, pl. 71B; another, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Bequest of Forrest R. Brauer (85. 1502), is illustrated by John Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Divine Images in Porcelain, no. 50, p.99, where Ayers illustrates another from Blaeu’s Nieuw Atlas of 1655.
  • Included by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2006, no. 18, pp. 38/9.