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Flower Basket; 花籃; Hualan

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Flower Basket; 花籃; Hualan
  • Description

    Multi-colour woodblock print in ink on paper. A woven basket filled with a flower arrangement of magnolia and crabapple, and a red peony as the centrepiece. The ribbon attached to the basket’s handle seems to be afloat in a gentle breeze.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC (first half of 18th century)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29.6 centimetres (paper sheet)
    • Width: 36.9 centimetres (paper sheet)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        top left
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        A poem in fluent running script; also notes the name of the Ding clan from Jinchang (now a district in Suzhou).
  • Curator's comments

    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.

    Published: Binyon 1916; Goepper 1973, 39; Fribourg 1964, 324; Vedlich 1979, 64.


  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1916 25 bibliographic details
    • von Spee 2010 cat. no. 17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2012 5th May -29th July, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Printed Image in China’

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Library where this print formed part of Sloane manuscript 5252.

  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • B.25
    • SL.5252
COMPASS Title: Ding family of the Jinchang pavillion, A basket of flowers, a colour woodblock print


COMPASS Title: Ding family of the Jinchang pavillion, A basket of flowers, a colour woodblock print

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