Dehua Porcelain Kwan-yin Statue with Celadon Glaze. Fujian Province. China
A traditional Blanc de Chine porcelain statue from the Dehua kilns but with a celadon glaze. Such colored glazes can only be added to a specific type of porcelain clay. The “southern” kilns invented and refined the celadon technique during the Song Dynasty. Longquan kilns gained international attention and large quantities of their porcelain/celadon statues were exported throughout Eastern Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East in the 13th through the 15th Century.
During the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644) and on, large quantities of this special alchemy was produced in Dehua and exported to Europe in the 18th Century.
Dehua porcelain, with its small amount of iron oxide, allows for the extremely fine details as is on this statue.
In honor of this work, a stamp of the artist is on the lower back of the statue. The artist is He Chaozong, a very well known artist from the Ming Dynasty. His artistry is shown in the fingers and extremely fine details of his statues.
This piece is quite unique compared to other porcelain Kwan-yin statues. The subtle coloring is attributed to the age and firing of this special piece.
This is a HIGHLY UNIQUE piece that deserves a very special place in your home. Stand not included.
For the Serious Collector.