A Guangcai Porcelain Tea Set with 'Blossoming Florals' Pattern
"Xihong (Xi red) wanhua (ten thousand blossoms)" is derived from the traditional thousand-flower pattern in Jingdezhen-type famille-rose, outlining the flowers in a self-made xi red paint. "Xihongwanhua" is depicting on exquisite porcelain the traditional guangcai motif of flowers in varying density, while filling up the spaces with painted leaves. Xi red is a guangcai paint chemically synthesised and developed with gold, hence professionally named “gold chloride”. The compound appears to be purple, and conditioned into a rosy hue, therefore coined by the West as “Rose”. As some elements of this paint originated in the West, it is called xi red, meaning “western red”, in guangcai terminology. Xi red paint becomes rose red after the firing process, complimenting the porcelain ware with bright and extravagant colours.
K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
(Tea Pot) 13.2cm x 9.5cm x 10.6cm
(Cup) H: 3.9cm, Diameter: 6.9cm/pc