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An image of Figure of Guanyin by Dehua ware

Dehua ware

(China  – )

Title
Figure of Guanyin
Place of origin
Fujian ProvinceChina
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
late 17th century
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
blanc-de-chine porcelain
Dimensions

34.4 x 16.0 x 13.9 cm

Credit
Gift of Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC79.1962
Location
Not on display
Further information

The history of ceramic development and fashion in China can best be studied through Jingdezhen porcelain whether intended for court, domestic or export requirements. Of course there were innumerable kilns throughout China, particularly in the south-east, the south and the north. But there were not many centres of note receiving favoured patronage and the best known was probably Dehua in Fujian province, where the deservedly celebrated ivory coloured or white porcelain known in the West as 'blanc-de-Chine' was made. One of the specialities of these kilns was figures such as Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy, and others from the Buddhist pantheon.

Hepburn Myrtle, 'Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties', AGNSW, Sydney, 1977. pp6-7

Bibliography (3)

Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 26, 44 (illus.). cat.no. 98

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 6-7, 26. cat.no.38. See Further Information for text.

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Chinese Porcelain', pg. 30-41, Sydney, 1990, 40 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977

Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995