Description & Technical information

European market

A Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer with floriform rims, brightly decorated in famille rose enamels, the borders having multi-coloured panels, with a simple design of trees in a jardinière.

The three trees here are pine, prunus (or plum) and bamboo. Shown together like this they symbolises 'The Three Friends of Winter' (suihan sanyou).  Together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. They are highly regarded in Confucianism and as such represent the scholar-gentleman's ideal.

References: a similar example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, No C.15 & A-1929; Howard 1994, p175, a similar example; Lunsingh Sheurleer 1966, No 216, another similar example.

Date:  Yongzheng period circa 1730
Period:  1600-1750, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: Porcelain famille rose
Dimensions: 11 cm (4³/₈ inches)
Exhibitions: Ex-collection Khalil Risk; ex-collection W Martin-Hurst (labels)
from the Golden Gate Collection

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art