Fahua-type Figure of Guandi
Mid Ming Dynasty
High fired earthenware with fahua-type glazes
h: 23 cm
Amazing condition: some flakes to glaze, a small chip to base
From the Emile de Ricoles Collection of early Chinese pottery
This piece belongs to a group of 15-16th century wares made in Shanxi province, typically called “fahua”. Made from high-fired earthenware, these pieces were directly painted with lead fluxed glazes to achieve their brilliant coloring. The statue’s color palette of amber, deep purple, and blue is very typical of Ming fahua wares.
For a small pillow in the same style and color palette, see Victoria & Albert Museum No. C.46-1911. For a similar figure of guandi, see Christie’s Sale No 4019 lot 54.
Please note that this figure is in exceptional condition. Due to their more fragile earthenware composition, it’s difficult to find Ming fahua wares without repairs.