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Title

Covered bowl decorated with dragon, flaming pearl and peonies

19th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    covered bowl
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → 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
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    9953.45.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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

    • The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–2022