Peonies are admired for their large size and color and are called the “male vermillion” and the “king of flowers.” Its three-character name (figuihua) makes it auspicious, as it is the flower (hua) of wealth (fu) and rank (gui) . It is a symbol of wealth and honor and embodies high rank and having an official position and elevated social status. A peony in a vase has the hidden meaning of “wealth and honor” (peony) and “peace” (because the vase is a rebus for “peace”). As imperial gardens were rich with peonies, the flower is related to royalty, also linked to female beauty and, according to Welch it is, “…a hint of erotic lushness.”

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  • Antique Lacquer and Gilt Straits Chinese (Peranakan) Shrine Cabinet, China (3986BKE) $595

    H: 16.375″  W: 13.625″  D: 5.75″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This intricately carved black and heavily gilt antique cabinet is a fine example of a Straits Chinese furniture made in Guangdong for the Southeast Asia market.  Carved openwork panels with phoenixes and lotuses are symbolic wishes for harmony, blessings, rank, good fortune; outstretched wings wish for harmonious marriage, many sons and the inside decoration a wish for status and successful career. Although flamboyant for todays taste, it is a unique accent piece and gift for newly weds.


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  • Antique Miniature Gilt Cabinet with Side Carving, China (19223BAK) $435

    H: 15.25”  W: 11.125”  D: 4.875” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This cabinet painted in auspicious red and gilt with block feet and a scalloped apron is especially charming with front door panels decorated with raised rectangular registers bordered in black and gilt and a bottom drawer with original metal pulls decorated with painted florals. The ornate side panel has two small and one large deeply carved registers:  the bottom two registers have floral images: one has a peony, and the other is a couple under a willow tree.

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