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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 46

    A SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF A SEATED LUOHAN

    17TH/18TH CENTURY

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    A SOAPSTONE FIGURE OF A SEATED LUOHAN
    17TH/18TH CENTURY
    The figure with bulging eyes shown holding an alms bowl in one hand and a pearl in the raised left hand, wearing ornately decorated layered robes, incised with scattered cloud scrolls and foliate designs, seated beside a dragon emerging from clouds, the stone of a reddish tone with some creamy coloured inclusions
    4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) wide


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    The height of soapstone carving in Fujian province, particularly around Fuzhou, was in the second half of the seventeenth century. This is when the great masters of the art such as Zhou Bin and Yang Yuxuan flourished. These soapstone carvings no doubt influenced later works, as Buddhist subject matter continued to remain popular well into the eighteenth century.

    A soapstone carving of a luohan with a dragon was sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 29 October 1995, lot 545