REF No. 6800 GG
GG: Chinese porcelain famille rose teabowl and saucer
Yongzheng period circa 1730
Diameter of Saucer: 4¼ inches; 11cm
Provenance: ex-collection Khalil Risk; ex-collection W Martin-Hurst (labels)
from the Golden Gate Collection
A Chinese export porcelain teabowl and saucer with floriform rims, brightly decorated in famille rose enamels, the borders having multi-coloured panels, with a simple design of trees in a jardinière.
The three trees here are pine, prunus (or plum) and bamboo. Shown together like this they symbolises 'The Three Friends of Winter' (suihan sanyou). Together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience. They are highly regarded in Confucianism and as such represent the scholar-gentleman's ideal.
References: a similar example is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, No C.15 & A-1929; Howard 1994, p175, a similar example; Lunsingh Sheurleer 1966, No 216, another similar example.