• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2297

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    26 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1238

    A PAINTED STONEWARE FIGURE OF A SEATED LUOHAN

    SONG/MING DYNASTY, 12TH-16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A PAINTED STONEWARE FIGURE OF A SEATED LUOHAN
    SONG/MING DYNASTY, 12TH-16TH CENTURY
    Shown seated with left hand raised and the end of a handle held in the right hand, wearing layered priest's robes, one end of which is looped through a ring at the left shoulder, and shoes tied with cord, his face finely carved with intense expression detailed in black pigment with eye brows, mustache and long black beard, with traces of red, green and flesh-colored pigments, the top of the bald head painted in black with the number san shi si (34)
    19 in. (48.3 cm.) high


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    Two related painted clay figures of luohan dated to the 12th century from the Zijinan Temple, Wu Xian, Jiangsu province, are illustrated by Wan-go Weng and Yang Boda, The Palace Museum: Peking, Treasures of the Forbidden City, New York, 1982, p. 248, nos. 145 and 146. Another related seated figure of a luohan shown supporting himself on an armrest in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is illustrated by R. d'Argencé (ed.), Chinese, Korean and Japanese Sculpture in the Avery Brundage Collection, Japan, 1974, p. 280, no. 147. See, also, the very similar painted stoneware figure, also from the collection of J.T. Tai, dated to the Song dynasty sold Sotheby's, New York, 3 June 1985, lot 14; and another related, bearded figure from the Sun Tse Temple, Shansi province, sold Sotheby's, New York, 4 December 1984, lot 116.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai Foundation, Sotheby's, New York, 3 June 1985, lot 13.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN