Porcelain vase with blue and white decoration: China, late 19th / early 20th century, 42 cms (h) and 3377 g.
The vase is decorated with the ideogram shuangxi. This decorative symbol is created by the combination of two characters xi (joy) and therefore called shuangxi (double joy). It is understood as a "double mark of happiness" which generally signifies marital happiness. It appears in porcelain decorations from at least the early 19th century and seems to have increased to great popularity around the time of Emperor Tongzhi's wedding in 1872. This wedding was an occasion of historical significance unique to the era, as it was the first imperial marriage after the Kangxi period more than 200 years earlier. As an important and very famous event, it can be understood that the increase in popularity of this symbol stems from this time. Until today we find this symbol on articles used in connection with Chinese weddings.
On this vase the shuangxi symbol appears surrounded by sweet pea foliage symbolizing "many children" and "forever" and it is probable that the Fô dogs applied to the collar playing with their children reflect the idea of the family.
The vase is in good condition, a little wobbly but I think it was still like this, as there is no problem with the base. It has been drilled at the base to make a lamp, I find that "the light of happiness" is a nice idea, but if you don't want to use it like that, you can leave it to make a small restoration to return it to a vase. .
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