A blanc de chine figure of Damo. Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century

the bearded ascetic seated in meditation on a rockwork base, his hands hidden beneath the folds of his loose-fitting robe, 20.3cm., 8in; together with a blanc de chine figure of a Luohan, 19th Century, seated holding a fly whisk, the open robes revealing the emaciated chest, a blanc de chine figure of Zhenwu, 17th/18th Century, the figure clad in a suit of armour and seated on rockwork with a snake and tortoise, and a figure of Luohan, 17th/18th Century, the standing figure dressed in loose fitting robes. Est. 4,000—6,000 GBP

PROVENANCE: The Damo figure, Pierre Saque, Paris; the seated Luohan figure, Christie's London, 6th November 2007, lot 187; the Zhenwu figure, Bonham's, 8th November 2004, lot 361; the standing Luohan, Christie's, London 15th May 2007, lot 259.

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 13 May 09. London www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's.