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    Porcelain figure group of Guanyin standing on the head of a dragon emerging from waves with two fish. All details illustrated in underglaze blue. Rocks and bamboo at back of figure group. Base unglazed.

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    • 1573-1620
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    • Height: 403 millimetres
    • Width: 192 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A631

    Figure of Guanyin

    Porcelain production and the numbers of workers employed within the industry increased dramatically at Jingdezhen in the second half of the sixteenth century. To keep up with the vast demands, non-imperial kilns fired wares for the court on commission as well as for local customers and international trade. Potters made mostly blue-and-white porcelains. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised by tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin such as the folds of the Guanyin's robes.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 152 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.40, no.A631 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.59, no.A631 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 96-97, no. 40 bibliographic details
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    Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Charles Russell Collection. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 25th June 1946. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 19, p.121, Lot 71. £105. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's, Collection of Charles G. Russell.

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