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    Sale 12555

    The Imperial Sale / Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art

    1 June 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 3330

    A LARGE DEHUA STANDING FIGURE OF GUANYIN

    REPUBLIC PERIOD, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

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    A LARGE DEHUA STANDING FIGURE OF GUANYIN
    REPUBLIC PERIOD, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    The figure of the Bodhisattva is standing on a base of swirling clouds, both hands held in front of the body, hidden under voluminous robes exposing pendent jewellery chains and bare feet, the full-face finely modelled with eyes downcast and corners of the lips slightly indented to provide a serene expression, the hair swept up behind a floral diadem accommodating the Amitabha, in front of the top knot and fastened with a hairpin, reserving two strands of hair falling loosely on the shoulders, the reverse bearing two square seal marks, both of four-character, Xu Yunlin zhi, 'Made by Xu Yunlin'.
    34 in. (86.4 cm.) high, box


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    Compare with a large standing Dehua figure of Buddha, illustrated by P.J. Donnelly, Blanc de Chine, New York, 1967, pl 156; the figure also bears two impressions of Xu Yunlin's seals as the first was considered too faint, op. cit., p. 158.
    Xu Yunlin (1887-1940), or Xu Youyi, was a renowned ceramicist from Dehua, active during the late Qing to early Republic period. Born to a family of professional carvers, Xu excelled in modelling Dehua Buddhist figures.