18th CENTURY Blanc de Chine Porcelain

An 18th Century Blanc de Chine Porcelain Prunus Vase, Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province.


Height : 26 cm (10 1/4 inches)
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For a blanc de chine porcelain vase of a similar type with a cyclical date attributed to 1764 see : Blanc de Chine (P.J. Donnelly, Faber and Faber, 1969. ISBN 571-08078-2) plate 51 C. For another vase of this type see our `Sold Items` number 18716.



Plum Blossom / Meihua :
Plum (Prunus), 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.