Cup and Saucer with Phoenixes

£ 300.00

This exquisite Chinese Kangxi Period cup and saucer set combines a single central flower with four circling Chinese phoenixes, rendered in a vibrant blue. The phoenixes appear as if in motion, adding a dynamic and lively quality to the overall design. Both pieces are brought together by an outer ring, in a woven geometric pattern, which perfectly completes the composition.

Date: Late 17th century AD
Period: Kangxi Period, Qing Dynasty
Provenance: From the Blue Chrysanthemum Wreck lost in the South China sea, late 17th century AD, recovered in 2014.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.
Product Code: CS-28
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The Chinese phoenix, also known as Fenghuang, symbolised the union of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ and thus is commonly associated with harmony. With the corresponding associations of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ with masculine and feminine, the image of the Chinese phoenix has long been a popular choice for marriage gifts.

To discover more about phoenixes in Chinese art and culture, please visit our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Chinese Culture.

Dimensions W 11 x H 4.5 cm
Glaze

Colourless Glaze

Pottery

Blue and White Porcelain

Region

East Asia (Far East)

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