The Qilin Parade, Early 20th Century Chinese Porcelain Planter or Jardiniere
One of the most interesting antique planters we have seen in a while. This white porcelain piece is exquisitely hand decorated in rich enamels throughout with continuous landscape and figural scenes, two main panels - a parade and outdoor scene featuring some of the 8 Immortals. The parade features a lordly figure riding a qilin (mythical scaled dragon) with his onlookers and flag bearers. The outdoor scene under a willow tree features scholars and learned/wise men, small children running around and laidies of rank.
The body is decorated with pink, yellow, green and blue stylised clouds supporting further single or groups of figures in traditional dress. All very symbolic and auspicious.
The shoulder area had a band of pink ruyi on a jade green background topped by a band of yellow decorated with flowers and dark and light green leaves.
Top rim is a simple repeating pattern of fret/meander in green, pink and yellow.
The enamel work is noteworthy - when one rubs a hand over it, it is raised to the touch - a superior piece.
First to Second Quarter 20th. Century.
Condition - very good.
Dimensions: Dia 15", H12".
*We have rosewood stands available if required.