SHUNZHI or KANGXI c.1650 – 1720 Blanc de Chine Porcelain

A Shunzhi or Kangxi Period Blanc de Chine Wine Beaker Decorated with Applied Prunus Sprigs. Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province.


Height : 7.5 cm (3 inches)
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Plum Blossom :
Chinese plum, Mei, is a species of Asian plum in the family Rosaceae. There are 300 recorded cultivars of Mei. It is one of the most popular flowers in China, plum blossom has been depicted in Chinese art and poetry for many centuries and is still very popular today. To the Chinese its blossom is both a symbol of winter, as well as a harbinger of spring. They bloom vibrantly amidst the winter snow after most other plants have shed their leaves, and before other flowers appear. They are seen as an example of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity. The plum blossom is a member of `Three Friends of the Winter`, along with pine, and bamboo. The plum blossom is also a member of `Four Gentlemen of Flowers` in Chinese art (the others being orchid, chrysanthemum, and bamboo), symbolizing nobility. It is also one of the four seasonal flowers.