A Blanc de Chine figure of Guandi, the saint patron of the warriors, on a horse with two prayers by his side, Dehua kilns, 18th century.
Note that this model is well known among the productions of the Dehua kilns during the reign of Kangxi but that on this example the leg of General Guandi was placed on the inverse to his natural position on the front side. This type of funny mistake, extremely rare and which perhaps makes this figure quite unique, is explained by the fact that the potters of Dehua, to meet the increasing demand in the 18th century, ended up developing techniques of mass production based on molds, which made it possible to quickly manufacture and then assemble separate pieces on complex figures such as Guanyin with multiple arms and several prayers, figures of Buddhist saints, chimeras. etc.
There is also ab old label "Compagnie Chinoise Tonying, 26 Place Saint George" under the base. The Compagnie Chinoise Tonying was a Chinese antiques store located Place Saint Georges in Paris in the 9th arrondissement between 1915 and the end of the 1930s. This label is found on several quality pieces offered in international Chinese art sales
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