Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Plate with a vase of flowers

Date:
1700–1725
Culture:
Chinese, for European market
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.77
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The vase, halberd (axe-headed weapon), and musical chimes on the plate’s central panel and rim are Chinese symbols carrying auspicious meanings: they form a rebus couplet suggesting "peace and good luck" (pingan jiqing) and "happiness and may all things be as you wish" (jiqing ruyi).
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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