Blue and White Porcelain Peony Storage Jar this item is a blue and white porcelain vessel inspired from the antiques markets of Jingdezhen, an ancient city famous for it's blue and white porcelain and imperial kilns. While it's design was orginally meant to rinse Chinese Calligraphy Brushes, we can imagine a million uses for this beautiful piece, such as Kitchen Canister, Makeup Brush Holder, Silverware Holder, even a Dog Treat or Candy jar.
The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. Along with the plum blossom it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where it is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富貴花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honour" or 花王 (huawang) "king of the flowers", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.
In the Chinese tradition, potters draw direct inspiration from designs from the past, so we choose pieces to represent the best design, regardless of age. Auspicious images that hearken to the earliest designs in blue and white from the Yuan, to the early modern wares of the Qing - each piece is just as valid a treasure as the original that inspired it. The artisits that create these pieces are passionate and study their beauty by strolling antiques markets and museums for inspiration and visual delight.
DIMENSIONS: 5'' DIA x 7.5'' H
* Made with skill and joy, imperfection is inherently part of its character. Minor variation of color/shape/size is expected for this handmade artisan crafted products, it is desirable and not considered a manufacturing defect.
*PLEASE NOTE SMALL SPOTS, FLECKS, POCKS AND VARIATIONS ARE ALL PART OF THE ALLURE OF HANDMADE WARES.
FACTS AND HISTORY: Jingdezhen porcelain (Chinese: 景德镇陶瓷) is Chinese porcelain produced in or near Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province in southern China. Jingdezhen may have produced pottery as early as the sixth century CE, though it is named after the reign name of Emperor Zhenzong, in whose reign it became a major kiln site, around 1004.
By the 14th century it had become the largest centre of production of Chinese porcelain, which it has remained, increasing its dominance in subsequent centuries. From the Ming period onwards, official kilns in Jingdezhen were controlled by the emperor, making imperial porcelain in large quantity for the court and the emperor to give as gifts.