The Dragon is perhaps the most well recognised of all Chinese symbols. The Chinese dragon is the ultimate symbol of the cosmic energy and the most powerful symbol of good fortune. Ranked first among mythical beasts, it can bring rain to parched lands, which in turn represents abundance and relief. The dragon is often used as an emblem of high rank and power on the robes of emperors and princes as well as on imperial art objects. The Peony (mudan 牧丹) is known as the ‘king of the flowers’, and is a symbol of royalty and virtue. It is also called the ‘flower of wealth and honour’ (fuguihua 富貴花) and is widely used to represent wealth and honour. The two symbols combined are reinforcing each other as both are the ultimate symbols of their respective fields.
Vases such as this would not look out of place in the Brighton Pavilion, we’d suggest the yellow drawing room, and for that, we love them.