Late 1700s / early 1800s
As with most blanc de chine figures, this piece was made in a press mold in two halves, then joined together with finishing touches added before the clay was dry. The face was molded separately then attached, and the hands and ribbon were modeled by hand. It is glazed overall except for the base with a pale blue-green tinged white glaze having a slight undulating texture. Guanyin is seated on a rock covered by her flowing robe on the back and sides. The folds of the robe are indicated by carved and incised lines. The unglazed base shows the white porcelain which appears to be like that of Jingdezhen rather than Dehua. The bluish toned glaze also looks like Jingdezhen glaze, so this piece was likely not from Dehua where figures such as this one were most often produced. This piece was likely made for a small shrine. The aperture on the middle back was perhaps used for attachment or possibly for the insertion of prayers. Overall good condition with no breaks or repairs, however there is some glaze fritting in a few places on the left sleeve, the right eyelid, the top of the hood and a tiny one to the side of the nose. Fritting like this is also often seen on Jingdezhen pieces.
Height: 8 in.; Width: 3 in.