晚清民国观音瓷版 This is an antique porcelain plaque showing the immortal Kwan-Yin (Guan-Yin, Kannon, Avalokitesvara)seated on a lotus dais with a disciple paying homage. According to Chinese legend, she is the goddess of mercy and the special goddess for women. While mostly engaged in doing good she is ranked right up there in terms of power and she always wins in any heavenly confrontation. The plaque shows outstanding detail see the close-ups.
Approximately 12.5" wide by 17.5" high in the frame which is free to the buyer. No hairlines or cracks. a couple of 2-3mm enamel flakes. Weighs a ton! a sign of an old plaque. Very fine details.
Estate item and a genuine antique plaque. Exceptional and unique.
The plaque was made in the period 1890-1930 when there was a rebirth in the Chinese porcelain industry. Quite a few traditional artists were commissioned to paint on porcelain. This lifted the aethestics on ceramics to new heights. It was a difficult transition. Chinese artists painted with a free flowing ink brush. However enamel colors used for porcelain flowed like molten glass! an exceptionally difficult medium to control. And look at the detail in the enlargements. (Note: 2 enlargements taken without flash in open shade; other pics taken with flash hence the difference in colors.) There are bamboos with tiny tiny leaves all painted in very faint outline hard to photograph. But you can see little leaves to the top left of the largest Kwan-Yin close-up and next to the boy's hand in the super close-up. The artist was showing off his skills with all these details.