A very rare and highly charming porcelain figure of Budai (Daduze), bare chested with a laughing expression, seated leaning on his sack of treasures. Decorated in famille rose manner with additional gold. Two maker’s seals: “Fujian Huiguan” and “ Made by You Linji). These seals are identifying marks of the Jingdezhen artist working at Fujian Huiguan. You Linji was the artist name of You Zhangzi /You Linzizi ( 1872-1922 ).
Before moving to Jingdezhen, he first trained under Zhang Jinkui a famous Dehua master. His works are all unique and of hight quality; he was one of the most famous porcelain artist of the Republican Period.
Comes with a fitted, square base of rosewood from the time (an inside note from previous owners written in Danish mentions that the piece was brought back to Denmark in the 1920s). China, Early Republican Period. H 11.5 cm, W14.5 cm. Condition: Very good with minor wear to enamels and gold. A super tiny chip to right hand finger, but no repairs or breaks.