Gilt Painted Orange Glazed Porcelain Jars

Jiangxi Province, early C20th

Dimensions: W:19/23/21.5 D: H:27/30/32 (cm)
Reference: PC237


  • Description

    This set of three porcelain jars with intriguing symbolism are from the renowned porcelain centre of Jingdezhen, Jiangxi. The striking luminous orange has a transforming effect on a room.

    As with all Chinese decorative art, the rebus, or visual pun, is present. The vases’ rich orange colouring symbolises happiness and love.  The Chinese gilt characters reveal a poem about the fortuitous crane and pine tree. Cranes symbolise longevity while the crane depicted with gilt pine trees represents determination, power and wealth.  The painting on one jar remains vivid painting while the scene is faded on the other two. 

    Ancient Chinese beliefs held that the spirits and immortals rode on cranes, and that they lived 600 years. Even today a common toast on birthdays translates as “May your life be as long and happy as that of the crane”.

    Jingdezhen is known as China’s porcelain capital, with production recorded since the Han Dynasty (202BCE-202). 

    Brightly coloured glazes have a history as long and as interesting as traditional blue and white porcelain seen in the West. Iron red and bright yellows feature as well as the superb orange of these examples.

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…elegant, allegorical, from a 2000 year old tradition…

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