Small Porcelain Pot with Decoration of Flowers and Fruit with lid and platter
Compagnie des Indes ( Chinese , 1719 - 1794 )
This bowl, or tureen, as well as its lid and stand are peach-form and have naturalistic twig and leaf handles. The lid is relief-molded with peaches. Each piece is finely painted; the selection of colors is lovely and the asymmetric design of peonies, chrysanthemums and other flowers is imaginative.
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 192.
In China the peach is a symbol of longevity. It is coveted in a society in which old age is extolled, the elderly cherished, and ancestors venerated.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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