Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: 17th century (Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period)
Dimensions (cm): 84,5 x Ø 50,5
Inv. no.: PD0479
One of two pots, in white and thick porcelain, painted in cobalt blue under a light glaze. The lid, topped by a lion in golden metal, is of western origin.
The panels, with a white background, are decorated with flowering branches of peonies, lotus, chrysanthemums and plum trees – over rocks – accompanied by fluttering butterflies, dragonflies and birds.
The handle has a Buddhist lion standing on its hindquarters with an impetuous stance.
These pieces carry an appreciable symbolic meaning, clearly expressing wishes for good luck throughout the year. This may be seen not only due to the presence of the flowering branches corresponding to the four seasons, but also due to the representation of several insects (such as butterflies) and of other longevity and renewal symbols throughout the long cycle of life.