Rare Pair of Delft Figures of Buddhas or Pu-Tai, circa 1720
Rare Pair of Delft Figures of Buddhas or Pu-Tai, circa 1720
Rare Pair of Delft Figures of Buddhas or Pu-Tai, circa 1720
Rare Pair of Delft Figures of Buddhas or Pu-Tai, circa 1720

Rare Pair of Delft Figures of Buddhas or Pu-Tai, circa 1720

1720 Germany

Offered by Raymond Horneman

£4,200 gbp
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A pair of northern european faience pagoda figures (Pu-Tai), probably German, first quarter of the 18th century.
Each corpulent male figure modeled seated smoking a pipe, wearing a blue robe and holding a manganese tea bowl, on a stepped rectangular base edged in manganese.
Small restorations to chips.
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Pu-Tai is a half-legendary Chinese monk who lived in the 10th century AD and is known as the god of happiness and well-being. Figures of Pu-Tai were very popular in the oriental world and they were kept in homes as talisman for good luck. As the fashion for chinoiserie in Europe gained momentum in the early 18th century the major pottery and porcelain factories, most notably Meissen and Chelsea and the potters at Delft, began producing Pu-tai or Budai figures which were most probably modeled after Chinese blanc-de-chine originals.
Examples in faience are rare and in this case the maker has added a pipe and tea bowl, perhaps to add greater air to the exotic.
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Dimensions
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
Depth 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
Medium
Faience
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