Chinese Blanc de Chine Buddha seated in meditation with his legs crossed in padmasana, the lotus posture, with both feet exposed, his hands resting on his feet in dhyanamudra, wearing loose robes draped over the shoulders and tied above the waist exposing his chest, with a central wan character and elaborate necklace, the placid face with eyes looking down between elongated earlobes and broad nostrils beneath an urna on his forehead and an intricate mass of tight curls covering the head, all on a stylised lotus form base, covered in a rich cream glaze.

10 1/4 inches, 26 cm high.

Late Ming dynasty, circa 1630.


Hairline around shoulder, hairline from chest to waist, fire flaw consolidated on base.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From an important French collection of a lady in Saint Cloud, France.
  • Another seated example with a wan character and the similar elaborate necklace is illustrated by Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre in Qing Porcelain, Famille Verte, Famille Rose, p. 237A; a related Buddha without a lotus throne, seated in the same position, now in the British Museum, is illustrated by Margaret Medley in The World’s Great Collections, volume 6, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, 1982, no. 203, collection no. 488, where the author also illustrates a standing example with a wan character and the similar elaborate necklace, no. 205, collection no. 414.
  • Published by Marchant in their exhibition of Blanc de Chine, 2014, no. 12, pp. 30-31.