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A Massive Dragon and Pheonix Charger, Guangxu Mark and period 1875 – 1908.


A large Famille Rose charger, finely decorated with two large orange polychrome Imperial five claw dragons to the centre, within panels of  Bax jiang precious objects and peonies in fine Famille Rose enamels. The reverse with Pheonix’s in flight, also decorated in bold and bright Famille Rose colors. The underside with six character marks of Guangxu and of the period 1875-1908.

No Imperial Guangxu mark and period Dragon and Pheonix dish of this size, with` Bax jiang` borders appears to be recorded.

50cm diameter.

Condition: Minor rubbing to gilding.

Price £80 000.

The two contending dragons facing each other are the yin-yang forces of dualism. They usually have  the flaming shining pearl between them. That you are seeing twin Dragons is a sign that all the wonderful attributes the Dragon carries are DOUBLED in your life…. when it comes to all the things we aspire to do, have and be in life – Dragons are powerful symbols because they represent the very best of all life has to offer us.

The Dragon is the Emperor’s symbol.

The Pheonix represents transformation, death and rebirth in its fire. The Pheonix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. As both a fire and solar symbol, the Pheonix animal guide is symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning.

The Pheonix is the Empress symbol.

Eight Auspicious Symbols of Budhism ( Ba Jixiang )

During the Yongle period ( 1403 – 1424 ), these symbols became standard decoration for the Porcelain made for the Palace. At first the symbols did not possess a specific order, but by the Qianlong period of the Qing dynasty ( 1736- 1795 ), wheel, conch, canopy, parasol, lotus blossom, vase, twin fish and endless knot. These symbols  are believed to bring peace and blessings.

1. Wheel of the law ( lun), symbolizes the turning wheel of Buddhist doctrine, which leads to perfection.

2. Conch (Luo), symbolizes the far-reaching sound of the Buddha’s teachings.

3. Standard of Victory (San), symbolizes victory of the Buddha’s teachings, victory over all hindrances, and thus the attainment of happiness.

4. Parasol (gai), symbolizes protection as well as spiritual power.

5. Lotus (hehua) symbolizes purity.

6. Vase (guan) symbolizes the elixir of life, the container of treasures that stands for the fulfillment of all wishes.

7. Twin fish (yu), symbolizes freedom from restraint.

8. Endless knot (panchang), symbolizes the I finite wisdom and compassion of the Buddah.