Gift-boxed Celestial Dragon Plaque
Size: H33cm including base x 24cm x 16cm
This ornate sculpture is orientalism at its most extravagant. Featuring the supremely auspicious dragon, symbol of good luck, happiness and prosperity, the creature is depicted flying over waves emblematic of the imperial court, against a backdrop of clouds, which represent luck and good fortune. Before the dragon hovers a flaming pearl, a customary companion motif representing wisdom.
The entire object is sculpted in high relief and lavishly gilded with 2K gold, with the dragon’s eyes picked out in faceted red stones. A couplet honouring the dragon appears on the reverse.
Amidst billowing clouds the Dragon
Dances in the Ninth Heaven,
In its glory bestows upon the world
Prosperity and Magnificence.
This item comes in a wooden gift box.
Included is a 2cm x 10cm engraving plate for personalisation.
About the collection
The exoticism and lofty symbolism of oriental style, legacy of a millennia-old continuous civilisation, provides an opulent counterpoint to the restraint of contemporary aesthetics.