A Guangcai Porcelain Tea Caddy and Cover with Lychee Pattern
“When a horse courier gallops across the land at full speed and the concubine smiles, who would know it is the lychees arriving?” This poem by Tang-Dynasty poet Du Mu shows how the fruit lychee, native to the Lingnan region, has been famous throughout history, and considered a symbol of Lingnan culture. The jubilantly red and fruitful lychee represents the harvest of a prosperous year. The freshness of a picked lychee is short-lived, as the ancient saying goes “The colour deteriorates in a day and the fragrance fades on the second day.” A fresh lychee is also known as danlì because of its fiery shade.
K11 Craft & Guild Foundation
Height: 9.5cm, Diameter: 10cm