A famille rose ‘dragon and phoenix’ bottle vase, shangping, the globular body enamelled with a writhing five-clawed dragon and a swooping phoenix. In Chinese art, it is common to see the dragon and the phoenix depicted together. The dragon is seen to represent the emperor, whilst the phoenix is the empress. These two symbols of masculine and feminine energy complement each other, similar to that of yin & yang.
This vase will appear in our Chinese Ceramics & Asian Works of Art auction | Tuesday 22 May | Donnington Priory
On view from Friday 18 May, 10am-3pm
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