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Collection

China

Title
Covered bowl decorated with dragon, flaming pearl and peonies
Other titles:
covered bowl
Place of origin
China
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
19th century
Media category
Lacquerware
Materials used
lacquer
Dimensions

12.5 x 20.2 cm:

a - base; 7 x 20 cm

b - lid; 6.5 x 20.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Acquisition details unknown
Accession number
9953.45.a-b
Location
Not on display
Further information

On the top of this round box is a five-clawed dragon swimming in the ocean in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The middle section is decorated with a carved floral motif of peonies. The palace origin of the love for peonies during the Sui and Tang dynasties(6th-10th centuries) helped establish the noble status of the flower and earn its name as "the flower of wealth and rank". The application of both dragon and peony designs on this object reflects the essence of the decorative art in the Qing Dynasty, with every design having meaning, and every meaning auspicious.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (1)

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012