BLUE AND WHITE FIGURE OF ZHONGLI QUAN
WANLI-TIANQI PERIOD (c.1600-1625)
31 cm high
The figure is standing on an oval pedestal, leaning slightly forward. He is wearing long robes and a scholar’s hat. A long beard reaches over the figure’s chest, which is decorated in reserve with a phoenix amidst dense clouds. The figure is holding a small leaf-shaped fan in his left hand. The pedestal is painted with a further fan. The recessed base is left unglazed.
Zhongli Quan, the leader of the Eight Daoist Immortals, is said to have lived during the Zhou dynasty (1122-249 BC) and is usually depicted holding a fan, which he used to revive the souls of the dead. A similar slightly larger porcelain figure of Zhongli Quan, also dressed as a scholar and dating from the Wanli period, is in the Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm. A further related figure in terms of size and quality, possibly representing the Moon Goddess, Chang E, is in the Butler Family Collection.
Formerly in a Belgian private collection