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An image of Set of twelve wine cups by

China

Title
Set of twelve wine cups
Place of origin
China
Year
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
Accession number
201.1981.a-l
Location
Not on display
Further information

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