Collection: Twelve Blooms
Sculpted freely out of liuli crystal here is an art plate from a collection of twelve—one for each month of the year; each blooming with a flower of its respective season. Depicted here in vibrant reds and whites is the plum blossom, a flower known to bloom in the bleak midwinter of January. It does so amid ice and snow, stubbornly, rising high above the landscape. Because of this, the flower is regarded in Chinese literature as one of the “Four Gentlemen.” Artists evoke that sense of harsh beauty in this glass piece here, sacrificing little care to sculpt all the minute details of the picturesque season—the season of the plum blossom in January.