Chinese Blue and White Vases Decorated with Flowering Plum Trees Made circa 1880


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We are pleased to offer this pair of antique Chinese blue and white vases made in the late Qing period of the 19th century, circa 1880. They are decorated with white plum blossoms. The white blossoms are set on a subtly crackling blue ground. The plum is the first tree to blossom after winter with the flower buds emerging before the leaves are on the trees. It is associated with the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring and therefore endurance and hope. In Chinese tradition fruit tree blossoms are admired for their beauty and are considered first among flowers.


9.75″ height x 4″





Background of the Plum Blossom Vase

During the reign of the Emperor Kangxi a vase with a cracking glaze and plum blossoms was a particularly popular New Year’s gift. The crackle decoration symbolized the cracking of winter ice and the white blossoms symbolized the emergence of Spring. In modern China the plum blossom (Prunus) is the National Flower.

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