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Title

Set of twelve wine cups


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The depiction of a set of twelve different flowers to represent the months of the year is a recurring feature of Chinese decorative design from the Ming period onwards. At different dates, and in varying circumstances, a variety of alternatives were employed. This complete set demonstrates the flowers preferred in the 20th century. The peony, lotus, narcissus and chrysanthemum have been favourites since the Ming dynasty, but the fruit flowers such as peach and plum, and the magnolia, are definitely later preferences.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 1981


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Dates

early 20th century
circa 1930


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain decorated with enamel colours


Dimensions

a - cup - Hibiscus; 4.5 x 8.6 cm

b - cup - Narcissus; 4.5 x 8.7 cm

c - cup - Chrysanthemum; 4.5 x 8.7 cm

d - cup - Prunus; 4.5 x 8.5 cm

e - cup - Guihua (sweet olive); 4.5 x 8.6 cm

f - cup - Blossoming peach (double peach); 4.5 x 8.6 cm

g - cup - Nandina; 4.5 x 8.5 cm

h - cup - Lotus; 4.5 x 8.5 cm

i - cup - Wax plum and camellia; 4.5 x 8.6 cm

j - cup - Peony bushes; 4.5 x 8.7 cm

k - cup - Pomegranate; 4.5 x 8.5 cm

l - cup - Magnolia (white); 4.5 x 8.7 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr and Mrs W.P. Hartwig 1981


Location

Not on display


Accession number

201.1981.a-l



Place

Where the work was made
China