Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Kangxi period (1662–1722)
early 18th century
Porcelain painted with colored enamels and gold over a transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm); W. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); D. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam. of rim 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 200
Seasonal references abound in Chinese art, and the four different types of flowers painted here allude to the passing of time and the changes in nature. For example, the plum blossoms on one side, which often bloom when snow is on the ground, are a harbinger of spring, while chrysanthemums on another symbolize autumn.