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
Set in silver plated metal and encrusted with an oval limpet shell. Galapagos turtles are symbols of longevity and are creatures whose slow pace inspire one to take each day, one at a time.
Measures 13 ¾" w x 10 ½" d x 6" h.
Carved round fluted lapis buttons have 12 mm round light Swiss blue topaz center and diamond halos (.78 tcw) in 18k white gold. Handmade in America exclusively for Scully & Scully.
Each measures 1" diameter.
Overscroll padded back and seat between open scroll arms and above floral capital carved and panelled sabre legs. Inspired by a 19th century French original. Upholstered in Petham Almond Fabric.
A nautical scene is vibrantly handpainted on all sides of this elegant box, handcrafted of seasoned wood. It provides storage space and even serves as a side table. It is fitted with two removable front-to-back rods to hold legal files, if desired. It is lined with bookbinder's paper, and signed by the artist. Durable hardware and hinges. Made in America.
Measures 22" w x 12" d x 16" h.
Known for the translucence and whiteness of their porcelain, Bernardaud presents votive holders with lovely bas-relief designs. They are pure white: the color shown is from the candle burning inside. Votive candle included with each.
Measures 4" diameter x 2 ¾" h.
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