Crystal Begonia Flower, "Auspiciousness Doubled"


Material: Crystal Glass
Technique: Pate de Verre
Size: 4.56"W x 1.37"D x 4.64"H
Limited Edition: 3,350 pieces worldwide
Note: As the art pieces are individually hand-made, the color and dimensions will vary slightly.

Design Concept

This artwork is inspired by the Begonia flower. The second character in the Chinese name for Begonia flower, is a homophone for the word 堂 (tang), which is used to mean “home” or “hall.” As such, when the design is within the home, it carries the blessing of a “home filled with wealth.” Then there are two magpies which symbolize fortune, one above and one below, representing auspiciousness added atop auspiciousness.

There are four fruits and vegetables, each with their own meaning: (1) grapes come in bundles and strings, each round and sweet. (2) Lychee, which in Chinese sounds like the word for “advantage,” signifies the Chinese idiom meaning “large gains from a small investment” which makes it an appropriate gift for entrepreneurship or business purposes. If the gift is for a wedding, lychee also sounds similar to “bearing child,” which carries the blessing of a large family. (3) Pomegranates carry as many seeds as they do blessings, and their fruits come in bundles, indicating cooperation and unity. (4) Pumpkins, which are also referred to as “golden gourds,” represent plentiful wealth and gold.