Plum and Cracked-Ice : Plum Meihua is one of the most important plants in Chinese art. Their flowers grow on knurled old angular branches, the flowers are fragile and pure, so they can be a symbol of vigour in old age as well as purity. The tree is the first to flower after the long hard winter, symbolically it can represent perseverance as well as renewal. This meaning is enhanced by a background of cracked-ice, the design can be seen as representing the end of winter and the beginning of spring with the ice of winter cracking to reveal a new year dawning. Branches of plum blossom convey the `Five Blessings` Meikai wufu, longevity, wealth, health, love of virtue and a peaceful death. The number five, an auspicious number to the Chinese, is taken from the five petals of the plum flower. The design is shown as single plum blossom flowers scattered over cracked-ice or flowering plum blossom branches against the cracked surface of the ice. Jars, especially the so-called ginger-jars or Hawthorn jars , decorated with this design were very popular in England during the end of the 19th and the early years of the 20th century. Kangxi blue and white porcelain in general was highly sought at the time. It was made famous by the artist Whistler among others, and became a symbol of the Aesthetic movement. Prices for this type of Chinese blue and white porcelain, in real terms, reached far more than it would do today. Hundred Antiques : The `Hundred Antiques` is a Pattern Comprising a Mixture of Either the `Eight Treasures` (pearl, lozenge, stone chime, rhinoceros` horn, coin, mirror, book, and leaf) and or `The Four Treasures`. The Later being the Symbols of the Four Arts (music, chess, calligraphy and painting). These Symbolic Depictions are Combined with Numerous Conventional Representations of Sacrificial Vessels, Flowers, Animals, as Well as Small Decorative Motifs.
In good condition but with a shallow chip under the rim c.22 x 4 mm. The last photograph was supposed to show this but it is blurred
Height : 19 cm (7 1/2 inches) Diameter : 24.3 cm ( 9 1/2 )
Estate of Merle Alling (1897-1981), Rochester, Monroe County, New York State, U.S.A. The Alling Coverlet Museum was established in The Alling Coverlet Museum was established in 1976 by Historic Palmyra, Inc. to house the coverlet collection of Merle Alling.
Stock number: 24123.