6.5 x 39.2cm
In the centre of the interior is a five-clawed descending dragon among lotus flowers. On the sides are two chrysanthemum and six peony floral designs. The design of dragons amongst floral motifs on porcelain first appeared on Yue ware of the Five dynasties (906-960). This motif enjoyed great popularity during the Ming dynasty, employed mostly on blue and white porcelain, and was often copied in the Qing dynasty. Being the most common flower in Chinese design, the lotus was viewed as a symbol of purity and integrity by Confucian scholars and an emblem of Buddhism. The application of chrysanthemums and peonies, representing autumn and spring respectively, alludes to the cyclical relationship of yin and yang.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012
J. Hepburn Myrtle (Australia, b.1911, d.1998) (Author), Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 8, 27. cat.no. 44. See Further Information for text.
'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' by Julian Thompson, pg. 96-103., Orientations Sep 2000, Sep 2000, 101 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.8 and 8a (mark)
'The Marvel of Porcelain', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 125 (colour illus.).
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977.
Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012.