A Chinese verte-imari plate with a deer in a garden. Kangxi/Yongzheng period.
Painted in the famille verte palette and decorated with a deer pulling a cart containing a flowering plant in a vase, in a fenced garden amongst trees, from which lingzhi fungus grows, and ornamental rockwork. The rim of the plate has a finely-drawn iron red and gilt lotus scroll border with precious objects in reserved panels.
- Period :
- Kangxi (1662-1722) or Yongzheng period (1723-1735)
- 8.85 in. (22.5 cm)
- Reference :
The deer in Chinese art has a variety of symbolisms. The Chinese word for deer (lu) is a hompphone for the Chinese word meaning the salary received by a Government official, and the deer may therefore be read as wishes for a well-paid high office. The Chinese god of prosperity is also Lu, and the deer therefore also carries this connotation.