A DEHUA FIGURE OF WENCHANG
A DEHUA FIGURE OF WENCHANG
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A DEHUA FIGURE OF WENCHANG

17TH CENTURY IMPRESSED SUN CHENGXIAN MARK

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A DEHUA FIGURE OF WENCHANG
17TH CENTURY IMPRESSED SUN CHENGXIAN MARK
The figure is well-modeled as Wenchang, the Daoist god of Literature, seated on a pierced rocky ledge. He is wearing a long, belted robe and an official's hat, and holding a ruyi scepter in his left hand, the other concealed within the sleeve. The glaze is of cool white tone and pools in the recessed areas. The back is impressed with a four-character maker's mark, Sun Chengxian yin.
16 ½ in. (41.9 cm.) high
Provenance
An important French collection, Saint Cloud, France.
Roger Duchange, Paris, 30 March 1992.

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Lot Essay

Wenchang, the deity who is represented as an earthly minister, is believed to have assisted devotees in achieving success in the civil service examinations, and is therefore regarded as one of the gods who will facilitate the path to social acceptance and material rewards. A nearly identical figure of Wenchang, but bearing a He Chaozong yin maker's mark, is in the Koger Collection in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, The State Art Museum of Florida, and is illustrated by S. Marchant & Son, in the exhibition catalogue, Blanc de Chine, 1985, no. 3, p. 7. This figure is also illustrated by J. Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Divine Images in Porcelain, China Institute, New York, 2002, p. 89, pl. 40. Another example is in the Hickley Collection, Singapore, and is illustrated by R. Kerr and J. Ayers in Blanc de Chine, Porcelain from Dehua, Chicago, 2002, no. 27. See, also, the similar figure without rockwork in the Fujian Provincial Museum, illustrated by Chen Cunxi and C.T. Yeung in Dehua Wares, Hong Kong, 1990, no. 103, p. 115.
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