The Museum Proper
Replica or Original:
Not a Replica
On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:
12.5" x 8" x 8"
A pierced trellis work vase with chrysanthemum relief, enamel vase.
Inscriptions, and/or Markings:
Donated by the Fok Ying Tung Foundation
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre inhereted Vase with Two Handles from the Fok Ying Tung Foundation. As documented by the Cultural Centre museum, this ceramic vase was found in Hunan province in China and is classified as "swatow ware". As noted by gotheberg.com, swatow ware is a specialized Chinese ceramic "characterized by sand adhering to the bottom of individual pieces and are usually associated with over-glaze enamel decoration". Swatow ware is noted for depicting chrysanthemums or aster flowers, as seen in relief on the Vase with Two Handles.
Vase with Two Handles is an elegantly vase, consisting of intricately sculputed trellis-work and floral reliefs. Chrysanthemums have a long historical significance within Chinese culture, hosting an array of symbolic meanings. For over 3,000 years, chrysanthemums have eluded to the season of autumn, intellectual accomplishments and abundance. Their rich yellow and gold petals correspond with the sun and are said to revitalizing and promote well-being. The chrysanthemum is one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese culture, representing one the four seasons.
卡城中華文化中心從霍英東基金會繼承了這個雙秀寄菊通花瓶。據文化中心博物館記載，這個陶瓷花瓶是在中國湖南省發現的，被歸類為“swatow ware”。正如 gotheberg.com 所指出，swatow ware 是一種特殊的中國陶瓷，其特徵是沙子附在浮雕的底部，並帶有釉上釉裝飾。 Swatow 器皿以描繪菊花或紫菀花而著稱，從雙秀寄菊通花瓶上則可見其特徵。
Welch, Patricia Bjaaland. Chinese Art. A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery. North Clarendon. Tuttle Publishing. 2008.
Nilsson, Jan-Erik. "Swatow 'Zhangzhou' ware": https://gotheborg.com/glossary/swatowware.shtml.
Van Orsoy De Flines. E.W. Museum Pusat Djakarta: Guide to the Ceramic Collection. Djakarta. Desa Putera Press. 1969.