This stunning blue and white porcelain vase from the Qianlong period (1736- 1795) combines many popular Chinese auspicious symbols that test the knowledge of new collectors. To be sold in our March Asian Works of Art auction, we’re breaking down the meaning behind these Asian symbols. Repeated throughout the collecting category, these motifs and more are easily recognized on objects ranging from porcelain plates and vases to scrolls and snuff bottles.
Before diving into motifs on the vase below, test how much you know by taking our Asian Symbols quiz. Examples from the nearly 650 lots to be sold in our Asian Works of Art auction are featured alongside the meaning behind their decoration.