Lot 90: Sang de Boeuf Ceramik of a Fo Lion on a Rock, 20th C.
22 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Ceramic with deep-red Sang de Boeuf glaze (Langyaohong)
China, 20th century
Depicted is a Fo Lions in dynamic position on a rock
Pervasive look with yellow and black glass eyes
Slightly open mouth with sharp teeth and its tongue is sticking out
Dimensions: 17 x 15 cm
The ceramic is in good condition with normal, slight signs of age and wear. Partly little loss of material on beard, on teeth and the tail. Small touch ups on the back. The height measures 17 cm and width is 15 cm.
Fo lions, also known as guardian lions, enjoy high popularity in Chinese art. In their appearance they are part dragon and part lion. These mythical creatures usually come in pairs and were originally positioned to guard the entrance of Buddhist temples. In the decorative arts, they are often manufactured as decorative vessels made from ceramic, marble or bronze.
Langyaohong (Sang de Boeuf)
The method of porcelain decoration in the Sang de Boeuf style was developed at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, East China, under the supervision of Lang Tingji (1663-1715) during the Kangxi reign (1662-1722). The thick and vitreous deep bright red glaze gives the Sang de Boeuf porcelain its distinctive appearance. The traditional Sang de Boeuf glazing technique inspired European artists throughout the ages.
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