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Chinese robin's egg glazed porcelain figure of Buddha


Grand Auctions are excited to announce the addition of a rare and unusual late 18th / early 19th century Chinese Buddha to be sold in our forthcoming auction to be held on Monday 8th May 2016 at 11am (BST). Very few similar examples of this kind exist and when rarely auctioned, they typically appear at major auction houses, notably in both Christie’s and Sotheby’s sales. The latest example of a similarly represented Buddha was sold at Sotheby’s in New York on 14th September 2011 for $25,000 (hammer price) against an estimate of $15,000 - $25,000.


Catalogue description

"A Chinese robin's egg glazed and gilt decorated porcelain figure of Buddha, Qianlong/Jiaqing period (circa 1736 - 1820). The gilt Buddha is depicted seated in dhyana sana wearing a robin's egg glazed long flowing robe with a beaded necklace and bracelets to both the wrists and ankles glazed in dark blue and emerald green. The Buddha's hands are placed in dhyana mudra holding a spherical gilt pearl and is seated on a robin's egg glazed octagonal plinth modelled as swirling clouds incorporating gilt dragons heads emerging in pursuit of a central flaming pearl. Both the reverse and underside bear a circular aperture. 15.9 in (40.3 cm) height, 11 in (28 cm) width, in 7.9 in (20 cm) depth. Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000. Provenance: Property of the late Lieutenant Colonel J.E. Armstrong from the collection at Drumnigh House. "

For a full condition report, please contact Robin Newcombe of Grand Auctions, Folkestone, Kent.

 

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