Far Eastern blossoming

Charming brooch made of carved coral, China 1st half of the 20th century.

The coral (shanhu 珊瑚) has a special significance in Chinese culture. It belongs to the so-called eight auspicious treasures and symbolizes a long life and professional success. In ancient China, coral was believed to be an "iron tree" that grew under the sea and bloomed only once every 100 years. The red colour of the coral made it a popular talisman, as the colour was considered a symbol of luck, wealth and joy in ancient China. All good omens surround the decorative material of our brooch. It is carved from a piece of pink coral and shows itself in the form of blossoming or budding chrysanthemums. Artfully executed and rich in detail, the carving demonstrates the Far Eastern sense of grace and craftsmanship. Created in the second half of the 20th century, the brooch is a beautiful piece of Chinese arts and crafts that looks great on a blouse or lapel due to its color.

China, the land of smiles, with its millennia-old culture has always fascinated Europe. It is impossible to imagine European art of the last centuries without chinoiseries, Chinese arts and crafts, especially porcelain, were a status symbol at all European courts and a sign of discriminating taste. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, when long-distance travel became easier, trade relations could be expanded and the Middle Kingdom thus moved closer, genuine Chinese arts and crafts also became affordable for the middle classes.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.