An Elegant Seated Blanc-De-Chine Figure Of ‘Guanyin’

Late Ming Dynasty 17th century.


Dehua kilns Fujian Province, China.

H: 12.5cm W: 8.5cm

• Royal Ontario Museum, 1969.
• George Crofts Collection, NA. 1818.
• Private Canadian Collection.

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The Goddess of Mercy is shown with a serene expression and half closed eyes, seated on a low rock with the right hand resting on the raised right knee, while the left hand is by her side underneath her long and graceful flowing robe, which falls open at the chest. The hair is held in a high chignon fixed with a crown and covered at the top with a cowl. Covered all over in a warm ivory glaze tone.

Blanc-de-Chine, meaning ‘white from China’ is the term given to porcelain made from the Dehua kilns, Fujian province, China. With its pure glaze and its refined clay it seemed an appropriate medium to manufacture Buddhist figures.

  • A closely related Blanc-de-Chine figure of Guanyin was sold in Christies, NY 2018. And another example, was sold in the same rooms in 2017.
  • Another example is in the V&A Museum, Museum number: C.548-1910.