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18th c Qianlong Dehua Blanc de Chine Figure of a Boy

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Date: early 19th century, Qianlong / Jiaqing
Materials: Porcelain with white glaze; Dehua ware
Height: 16.6 cm / 6.5 in
Width (at widest point): 12 cm / 4.7 cm
Provenance: From a notable New York City collection of Asian Art

A rare and unusual early 19th century Dehua blanc de chine figure of a boy, seated at ease with legs half-extended and dressed as a Buddhist acolyte with draping robes. In his hands is a peach of immortality, while around his neck is a ruyi collar. The countenance is sublimely serene and gentle. In general, the modeling of this figure demonstrates a sophisticated sense of naturalism, attention to details, and beauty. The paste and glaze are all very fine. While figures of Guanyin and the buddha/budai are quite common for Dehua whitewares of the 17th-19th centuries, lone figures of boys and children are comparatively more rare to find.

Condition: excellent antique condition, with original firing flaws to one of the hands and various areas such as the side of the leg and the base (see photos!) [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]