Qing dynasty, about 1700–50
An elegantly woven basket is filled with a flower arrangement, of which a beautiful red peony is the centrepiece.
The ribbon attached to the basket’s handle seems to be afloat in a gentle breeze. A poem in fluent running script is printed above. The inscription further states that this print was produced in a workshop of the Ding-clan in Suzhou.
For each colour a separate wooden block was carved and impressed on the sheet of paper.
In China, the peony is considered the queen of flowers and stands for beauty and prosperity. Prints of this kind were probably presented as gifts in the form of single sheets or sets conveying good wishes for happiness, long life, wealth, many descendants, and career success.
Ding-workshop, Jinchang district, Suzhou Height: 29.6 centimetres (paper sheet)
Width: 36.9 centimetres (paper sheet)
Ding-workshop, Jinchang district, Suzhou
Height: 29.6 centimetres (paper sheet)