Eight Treasures

As the Chinese word for eight (ba) rhymes with “expand” (fa) and means to expand in wealth, 8 is the most popular Chinese number for luck. The Eight Treasures (Babao) also called Eight Precious Objects come from the Chinese Hundred Treasures of which the most represented are a wish-granting pearl (baozhu), double lozenges (fangsheng) symbolizing successful marriages, a stone chime (qing) for power and wealth, a pair of rhinoceros horns (xijiao) for happiness, double coins (shuangqian) for prosperity, an ingot (ding) for high status, coral (shanhu) for good fortune and longevity and wish-granting scepter or wand (ruyi).

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  • Antique Garden Stool with Pierce-work Designs, China (16780ZLSE) $1400

    H: 19″  W: 13.25”  D: 11.75” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This magnificent  glazed stoneware garden stool was owned by a wealthy family that is reflected in its complex pierce-work and its use of cobalt blue, a prized mineral color normally used very sparingly. Its strong hexagonal walls are decorated with registers of varied heights running vertically up the sides and divided by horizontal cobalt blue lines surrounding the stool. The designs depicted here – narcissus flowers, double lozenges and the octagonal shapes below are all Chinese auspicious symbols, homophones, and visual puns laden with meaning and wishes for continual good fortune, prosperity and wealth and the protective casting out of demons for the family to reach their goals and wishes for a good life. This pairs well with garden stool 16779.


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