Vintage Chinese polychrome cloisonné enamel and silver footed DRAGON & PHOENIX bowl with mythical dragons and phoenix on a jade green enamel background and with applied dragons, decorative trim and wrapped base. Excellent condition with no damage to note. Measures 5" in diameter, 2-1/4" tall and 2-1/8" at base. Marked on the base with a four character mark. (c. early 20th century)
This unique yet pretty enamel over metal (copper?) bowl features an applied overlay saw-tooth trim at the rim, a dragon and a phoenix figural overlay with beaded wire and hand-cut decorative design at the base, which wraps around the bottom and is impressed with the Chinese four character mark. The colors are jade green for the background, mustard yellow, Chinese red, blue and pink. Weighs 6.3 ounces.
Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and Chinese folklore. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang ("Chinese phoenix"). Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. Because of this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. The phoenix is often paired with the dragon and its symbol is used as a wish for a harmonious marriage for new couple. Phoenix represents female virtues such as beauty and charm.
A2724 - Vintage Chinese Cloisonné Enamel & Silver DRAGON & PHOENIX BOWL