|Guangxu Famille Rose Nine Peach Jardiniere (GFM091620)|
|Late 19th century
Guangxu Period, Qing dynasty
Hardpaste porcelain with famille rose overglaze enamels; Jingdezhen ware
Width: 36 cm
Height: 32 cm
From the estate of a Charlotte, North Carolina collector; originally purchased from Hong Kong in the 1970s
A large and lushly decorated late Qing Guangxu period planter / jardiniere, enameled in the famille rose palette with nine flawlessly ripe and blushing peaches grow from a tree with splayed twin branches.
Originally a staple of imperial decorative art, the famed and well-beloved ‘nine peach’ pattern came to be popularly featured in many porcelains produced in non-imperial private kilns during the 19th century. The number nine in Chinese (jiu) is a homonym for eternity (also ‘jiu’), while the peach has long been associated with mythological powers of immortality. Together, the nine peaches conveys a message of ‘eternal longevity’ – or ‘may you live long and forever’.