Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean
Ceramics & Works of Art
Antique Chinese & Japanese PorcelainEuropean Ceramics & Works
Chinese famille verte square-section vase, Kangxi (1662-1722), the sides decorated in bright enamels with peony, lotus, chrysanthemum and prunus; the lotus emerging from the ground with leaves and buds, the others issuing from rockwork with grasses, birds and insects, the neck with four floral sprays, the base with a single artemisia leaf in underglaze blue
Height without stand or lid: 38.2cm. (15 in.)
For a related vase see the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The flowers of the four seasons comprise prunus (winter), peony (spring), lotus (summer) and chrysanthemum (autumn). Together, the flowers symbolise good fortune and safety throughout the year.
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