Finely painted and sculpted Republic Period Chinese figure of a mandarin with a real hair beard. A dragon robe has intricately been painted on this figurine. The detail is amazing.
A heavy poured porcelain casting of a mandarin figure in an active pose. His robe is well sculpted and very intricately painted to epitomize a dragon robe with four claw dragons. The figure reminds me of a character in the Peking opera.
The figure has been painted with yellow, green, red, rose, blue, and gold over glaze enamels. Black enamel has been used to paint the face and hair, as well as to outline and accent. There are holes by the ears to hold a wire with hair for a beard. Nostril holes are also present. There are also holes in the nose, and hat. The holes in the hat were probably used for pheasant feathers. Whatever was in these holes is now missing.
The base is unglazed with a hole to pour out the excess slip. The base is white and rough.
Provenance: This figure was acquired in 1942 in China. It was from an old estate.
10” (24.5 cm) tall x 5 ½” (14 cm) wide x 3” 7.6 cm deep. Weighs 1 lb 8.9 oz (710 g)
There are no chips, cracks or breaks. The gilding is even in very good shape and not worn.
The beard is in quite good condition. Whatever was inserted into the holes in the nose and hair, however, are now longer present.
A colorful, well painted, historic porcelain figure. Much handwork and time was used to make this porcelain figure of a mandarin.