Glass Purple with Yellow overlay
Glass, of slender oval form, the rich lavender body in contrast to the bright yellow overlay which is carved with a fan tailed carp and a lotus plant with reeds; the sides carved with aquatic weeds in the place of masks and ring handles; the oval footrim carved from the lavender body.
Provenance: The Coerwinkel Collection
The Chinese word for fish is phonetically identical to the word for “abundance, affluence” (yu) : so the fish has come to symbolize wealth. The lotus is of almost unique importance in Chinese mythology and folklore, thanks largely to Buddhist influence. The perfect flower rising on a straight stem from the murky depths was associated with the upright gentleman who retains his integrity regardless of the corruption which he frequently encountered in his quest for service to his country as he rose through the ranks of the civil service.