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
In 1874, a Herend artist picked up his tools to try to mimic a Chinese plate's fish scale design and the illustrious fishnet pattern was born. Handmade and handpainted in Hungary with 24k gold accents.
Measures 4" x 3 ½" x 5 ¼" h.
For the golf lover! Intricately detailed irons and balls in rich 18k yellow and white gold with sugarloaf closures. ¾" w x ½" h. Handmade in England.
Entirely handmade by master craftsmen in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The wood is maple, hand-carved and hand-sanded to a silky touch. Top grain leather and special cushioning are carefully selected to retain their shape while remaining soft and comfortable. Features a luxurious bustle back for the ultimate comfort experience. Includes rolled arms, tapered legs with casters on front two and a nail trim to finish off the look.
Measures: Overall (32 ½" w x 38" d x 35" h) x Inside (19 ½" w x 23" d) x Seat Height (19") x Arm Height (23").
Beautifully handmade in Italy exclusively for Scully & Scully. It is leather over wood, with bookbinder's paper lining and gold paint trim. The leather is handtooled in Florentine style in rich shades of biscuit, burgundy and tan with black accents. Easily cleaned with shoe cream.
Measures 9 ¾" w x 6 ½" d x 5 ¾" h.
Created by Herend's most talented and experienced painters, the Foret pattern is a great adaptation of the famous bird patterns into a modern design. Handmade and handpainted in Hungary on fine white porcelain with 24k gold accents.
A charming gift for any mother, this pistachio coloured enamel box features a delightful bouquet of violets along with scattered violets decorating the base and inner lid. Handmade in England with 24k goldplated fittings.
Measures 1 ¾" diameter x 1 ¼" h.