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Title

Covered bowl decorated with dragon, flaming pearl and peonies

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

covered bowl


Place where the work was made

China


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9953.45.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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