The Martin-Hurst collection is listed as a provenance for many excellent examples of the Imperial Chinese porcelain and many of his wares are referenced in various publication including G. The Book of Famille Rose.
Even now, parts of his collection reappeared from time to time on sales at Sotheby's (2008), Bonhams (2009) and Christie's (2006). Other parts of his collection are in the world best museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY). For your consideration is this rare six-lobed blue and white'melon' shape globular vase. Each lobe is decorated with a five claws dragon.
Rising from the water, the Chinese dragon symbolizes benevolence, prosperity, longevity and the renewal of life. Ancient Chinese believed the dragon brought rain, good harvests and fertility. The dragon is yang and associated with the east and spring; and a symbol of the emperor when it has five claws.
On the neck there is an upside down bat fu. On top of an ancient Chinese coin which can be a visual pun for "good fortune" or happiness fu. Because both characters are pronounced. Often the bat is shown flying upside down because the character dao. Therefore, if a person were to say "the bat is flying upside down" a listener could just as easily hear this as "happiness has arrived" which, of course, has a very auspicious connotation.
Additionally, "a bat descending from the sky". Sounds exactly like "happiness descends from heaven" fuzi tianlai. A Chinese charm or coin with a square central hole is sometimes referred to as an "eye coin" yanqian.
Is pronounced the same as the word for "before" qian. Therefore, a picture of a. Creates a visual pun since saying there is a "bat on the coin" (fu zai yan qian) sounds exactly like saying "happiness is before your eyes" fu zai yan qian.Are on the other lobes on the neck which signifies the first month of the lunar calendar. The plum symbolizes courage and hope because it blossoms first and bravely stands against the dangers of winter.
The item "Antique Chinese Blue & White Porcelain Emperor Five Claws Dragons Vase &" is in sale since Tuesday, December 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery, Glass\Pottery, Porcelain\Asian, Oriental\Chinese". The seller is "coins_collectibles" and is located in West Ryde. This item can be shipped worldwide.