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Chinese Famille Verte Porcelain Bowl

Kangxi period, AD 1662-1722

Description

Decorated with an arrangement of bamboo, flowering plants, and rockery, along with butterflies. All superbly painted in vibrant enamels with great precision. Of very fine quality.
Diameter: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm.)

Combinations of specific flowers and plants in Chinese decorative arts were not only meant to convey a beautiful combination of forms and colors. The Chinese words for the various flora often had synonymous meanings for long life, success, beauty, and other ideal and complimentary meanings that would be wished upon the owner of the object.

 

´╗┐The modern colloquial phrase "say it with flowers" has an immediate connection to this original artistic intent.

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