Chinese Ming dynasty famille verte polychrome saucer-dish

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dc.description This early Kangxi famille verte porcelain saucer-dish is decorated principally in red and green with a border of the Three Friends of Winter, Pine, Prunus and Bamboo around the rim, bands of trellis patterns alternating with panels of peach fruit on the cavetto and five medallion-like phoenixes between lotus tassels. The base has a grooved stand-ring, is sunken, glazed and marked with six Kangxi character marks in concentric circles in underglaze blue. The Three Friends of Winter (Pine, Prunus and Bamboo) is one of the earliest floral designs found on porcelain. The Chinese link them as “friends” because they alone flourish during the winter when other vegetation is dormant. They thus symbolize steadfastness in the face of adversity. Bamboo will bend, but not break and pine is evergreen. The prunus also flowers during the winter snows. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Ceramic 101 en_ZA
dc.format.extent 75 mm x 360 mm en_ZA
dc.format.medium Underglaze blue and overglaze enamelled porcelain en_ZA
dc.publisher Department of the University of Pretoria Art en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries UP-Art : paintings, drawings and sculptures en_ZA
dc.relation.ispartofseries D700127 en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright of the electronic version, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.subject Saucer dish en_ZA
dc.title Chinese Ming dynasty famille verte polychrome saucer-dish en_ZA
dc.type Image en_ZA

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