Chinese famille verte biscuit porcelain model of a seated Guanyin holding a child, her right knee raised holding a flywhisk and her left arm holding a young boy with a lotus leaf, wearing a long bead necklace, with a high cowl covering her hair tied in a raised bun, with green skirt, yellow jacket and aubergine cowl and raised girdle, the unglazed flat base with muslin marking from the firing.
7 ¾ inches, 19.7cm high.
Provenance & Additional Information
- From an important French private collection formed between 1924 and 1941.
- Purchased from Leon Wannieck, 1 Rue George, Paris, 13th March 1926, according to inventory, with Pierre Saqué label.
- A similar model without the necklace from the collection of the late Hon. Mrs. Nellie Ionides was sold by Sotheby’s London in their auction of Fine Chinese Works of Art and Export Porcelain, 24th February 1976, lot 214, pp. 94/5; another is illustrated by Anette Loesch, Ulrich Pietsch & Friedrich Reichel in Porzellansammlung im Dresden Zwinger, pp. 58/9.
- A famille verte biscuit Guanyin with her legs crossed under her robes is illustrated by Wang Qingzheng in Kangxi Porcelain Wares from the Shanghai Museum Collection, 151, pp. 232/3.
Minute cowl flake, tip of flywhisk and cuff flake restored, baby’s left leg and Guanyin’s finger tips restored.