A Chinese porcelain Blanc de Chine seated figure of smiling Budai wearing long flowing open robes revealing his large stomach, his left elbow resting on a treasure sack, the hand holding a ball.

14.5 cm high; 15.5 cm wide.

Kangxi, 1662-1722.

Openwork carved wood stand.

Condition: one chip to toe.

  • Formerly in the collection of Sylviane de Mortemart, comtesse C.-E. de Bruce.
  • The interior with label Dupuy & Saque, 6 rue St. Georges.
  • For a similar Budai mounted in French ormolu with the crowned ‘c’ mark for 1745-49, now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA, see Blanc de Chine: Divine Images in Porcelain by John Ayers, fig. 6, p. 32, where it is dated early 18th century; another similar holding a ruyi sceptre in his left hand is illustrated in Dehua Wares Collected by the Palace Museum, volume One, plate 55, p. 159.
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