In the Shanxi Province of China, the most spectacular in a series of steep gorges that squeeze the languid Yellow River into a raging torrent is called Dragon’s Gate. It is common for carp to gather there. The name of the gorge arises from the belief that any carp which can surmount the waterfalls in the area will go on to soar into the sky and transform itself into a dragon which is the most powerful and divine creature in all of Chinese mythology.
The carp is the only fish with the strength and courage to swim against such rapid currents and therefore it has come to symbolize perseverance and achievement. In fact, the expression “Carp jumping over the Dragon Gate” is often used as a metaphor for students who have passed their examinations. In Feng Shui, carp represent success, prosperity and good fortune. When presented as a pair, the double carp also symbolize harmony and marital bliss.
With Herend’s interpretation, the difficulty of the task at hand is aptly conveyed by the angry blue rapids which appear to be reaching up to tear the carp back down. The ornate gold gates with the vivid rust detailing beckon with their promise of good fortune to come. On the carp themselves, the use of the strong rust color contrasted with the gold fishnet captures the energy of the fish and the vibrancy of the sun’s rays cascading off the wet and iridescent fish scales as the carp struggle upstream. Available in a limited edition of 250, the figurine is 7.5” long and 7.25” tall. Limited Edition Size 250. (7.5"L X 7.25"H)
Item #: VH-OR15235
Sterling Silver Bird, Looking Straight Ahead
Handmade in Italy with techniques used since the 17th century, including remarkably realistic feathering and gold vermeil beaks. Each has multiple feather styles for wings, tail and body.
Measures 3" w x 2" h
18k White Gold Square Crystal Bracelet with Blue Topaz & Diamonds
A divine bracelet unrivaled in its purity and majesty. The bracelet consists of seven carved cabochon crystals, as well as sky blue topaz and 0.84 carats of brilliant diamonds, all set in 18k white gold. Measures 7 3⁄8" long. Handmade in America.
Cabinets, Bookcases & Chests
Four Drawer Mahogany Serpentine Chest
A luxurious mahogany chest with a serpentine front and four dovetailed drawers. Handcrafted of fine mahogany with a rich, clean finish. Antiqued drawer pulls are solid brass. Handmade in England exclusively for Scully & Scully.
Measures 18"w x 14"d x 29"h.
Home Decor Accessories
Fabric-Covered Wastebasket with Blue Dragon
Exceptionally pretty yet highly practical with fabric and braid trim over wipe-clean plastic. Made in America.
Measures &frac914;” diameter x 12” h.
Crystal & Glassware
Flatware & Serving Pieces
Baccarat Heritage Check Bowl
This large clear crystal bowl with bold, graphic cuts is typical of the modernist style of the Art Deco period. The fine horizontal bevel cuts richly embellish and enrich the bowl by multiplying light reflections. Handmade mouth-blown crystal from France.