Two-horned peony blossom

双犄牡丹

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Common sources such as Baidu refer to the motif of a peony flower head with two distinctive ‘horns’ as a characteristic feature unique to Chinese porcelain of the Kangxi period (1662-1722). As a matter of fact, the tradition can be traced back as early as a fan painting by the legendary Ming romantic artist Tang Yin 唐寅 (1470-1524).

 

Read more about Dr Yibin Ni’s research on this motif in this blog.

Acknowledgement:

Fig 1-2: teapot, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Fig 3: famille verte plaque, Kangxi period (1661-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Jie Rui Tang Collection

Fig 4: saucer dish, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Holland

Fig 5: porcelain vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Fig 6 & 7: covered jars, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Fig 8: ovoid covered jar, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Holland

Fig 9: covered jar, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Holland

Fig 10: vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Fig 11: vase, Kangxi period (1662-1722), Qing dynasty, courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art

Fig 12: porcelain vase, early Qing dynasty, courtesy of Guimet Museum, Paris

Fig 13: famille rose porcelain bowl, Yongzheng period (1723-35), Qing dynasty, courtesy of National Museums Scotland

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