Chinese collection

Item LL 6635

Accession no: LL 6635
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Figure of Shou Lao
Materials: Porcelain with enamel on biscuit decoration in fahua style
Place made: Jiangxi province, China
Date made: Ming Dynasty, C. 1500
Measurements: H. 38.5 cm

Description: Figure of Shou Lao, seated on the back of a deer, his right hand resting on its head; porcelain; his robe is painted a bright turquoise blue, his face and hands left in the plain biscuit; in his left hand he holds a ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') emblem, and at his feet are small figures of a tortoise and crane on a modelled rockwork base, coloured turquoise.

Provenance
R. H. Benson collection; his sale, Christie's, 1 July 1924, lot 128, purchased by Frank Partridge for Lever; £68.5s ; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford. Ltd., 1928, No. 27C.