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Title

Set of twelve wine cups

early 20th century
circa 1930

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Copyright

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China