Blue and White Small Platter
This blue and white porcelain features a unique glaze. There are two carp and other fish cavorting in grassy waters, with the Mandarin character for Longevity in the center. Each stroke begins and ends at the same point, exhibiting an exhilarating symmetry, which is very clearly accomplished. The reverse bears the name “Harmony” which is likely the producer’s firm name.
Twin Fish Blue and White Small Platter
Sunset atop the water’s surface, as the fish gleefully jump forth to enjoy the skies hues at dusk. There are three grasses astride the platter, and in the middle is the name of the artisanal craftsman “Lien Xing”.
Blue and White Two Eared Bottles
These delicate blue and white pieces were cool and perfect for storing dried goods to prevent spoilage, and were often used for expensive medicine or foods to keep them fresh. This two eared design with round golden circle shapes can be carried by hand, and the lid is interlocking, so it can be conveniently opened and closed, while also providing a lovely aesthetic sense.
Narcissus Bowl
The lunar New Year is the season of the narcissus in bloom, when families all love to decorate their homes with blossoms to ensure a fragrant new year’s ambience. When the narcissus begins to bud, it is cleaned and removed to these narcissus bowls where it will enjoy symbiosis with the lovely bowl evoking the idea of man and nature, individual and family, in a lovely harmony.
Earthen Jar
Earthen Jars come in all shapes and sizes, often referred to as large mouth or small mouth depending on the size of their openings; or as flat or pointed ends; or by their tanks as spherical or cylindrical. Regardless of their form, they all emphasize practicality. Most old-fashioned jars were glazed, and the names of most jars follow after the primary use unique to any specific design.
Oil Lamp Filler
Traditional oil lamps relied mostly on vegetable oils (peanut, rapeseed) as fuel. For safety reasons, their oil pans were small and shallow ensuing limited oil storage capacity, requiring more frequent refilling. Refilling was accomplished as if one was pouring hot tea, very carefully, and the bottom oil lamps basin would hold water to help prevent insect invasions of the lamp’s oil.