Beautiful Chinese drawing of chrysanthemum flowers in green, with calligraphy. Framed, matted, under glass.
The calligraphic inscription at the top reads: 'Autumn is the time of year when the senses are most concentrated.' The bottom inscription reads: 'Autumn has the best scenery of the year. Chrysanthemums bloom propitiously at the time.'
Dimensions: 25.5"H X 9"W X 0.5"D (64.7 cm x 22.8 x 1.2 cm).
The chrysanthemum, together with the plum blossom, orchid and bamboo have been regarded as the four symbols of noble characters by Chinese scholars since ancient times. Chrysanthemum, in particular, has many meanings. The chrysanthemum blooms in bright colors during chilly autumn, a time when most flowers wither. Facing coldness and a tough environment, it blooms splendidly without attempting to compete with other flowers – this unique aspect of the chrysanthemum makes it a symbol of strong vitality and tenacity in the eyes of scholars. That characteristic of the chrysanthemum inspired scholars and poets from different dynasties in literary creation. 'I don’t have a particular preference for chrysanthemum, yet there are indeed no better looking flowers after it blooms,' wrote the Tang Dynasty (618-907) poet Yuan Zhen in a poem dedicated to the flower. Traditional Chinese medicine believes chrysanthemum tea can help balance the internal heat.