Unknown Artist

Covered bowl decorated with dragon, flaming pearl and peonies

Other titles:
covered bowl
Location
Not on display
Further information

On the top of this round box is a five-clawed dragon swimming in the ocean in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The middle section is decorated with a carved floral motif of peonies. The palace origin of the love for peonies during the Sui and Tang dynasties´╝ł6th-10th centuries) helped establish the noble status of the flower and earn its name as "the flower of wealth and rank". The application of both dragon and peony designs on this object reflects the essence of the decorative art in the Qing Dynasty, with every design having meaning, and every meaning auspicious.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911
Year
19th century
Media
Lacquerware
Medium
lacquer
Dimensions
12.5 x 20.2 cm :
a - base; 7 x 20 cm
b - lid; 6.5 x 20.2 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Acquisition details unknown
Accession number
9953.45.a-b