Chinese collection

Item LL 34

Accession no: LL 34
Object type: Jade, Hardstone and Glass
Name: Figure of Putai Heshang
Materials: Soapstone (steatite)
Place made: China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Late 18th Century
Measurements: H. 9.7 cm, W. 12.2 cm

Description: Soapstone figure of Putai Heshang, god of Contentment, leaning on his bag of treasures. Of warm white colour, with hair etched with brown, the scanty robes bordered with etched and gilt brocade designs. He is seated on a quatrefoil base of reddish soapstone, with etched borders of lotus scrolls on a wave pattern ground.

Provenance
A. W. Stiff Collection; his sale, Christie's, 25 July 1916, lot 92, purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons for Lever, £13.13s.0d. (for a figure of Putai Heshang in Matrix-of-amethyst and a figure of Putai Heshang in soapstone). Originally bought for the Hulme Hall. LLAG Invoice file No. 67.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 794. M. Medley, “Chinese Art in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight”. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, Vol. 44 (1979-1980), 1981, p.14, Plate 16.