The “four gentlemen” leitmotif in classical Chinese art represents the four seasons. The Peony, Bamboo, Chrysanthemum and Plum Blossom from spring to winter respectively. The quartet has been seen recurring through art since the Song Dynasty and is used to represent unique powers of each season. Inspired by the powers of flora, LIULI Living embody this artistic interpretation for an enriching lifestyle. Titled “Seasonal Treasures,” the collection brings art to drinking.
- “Four Gentlemen” classical Chinese art theme
- Individually Handmade
- Pate de Verre casted colored crystal glass and authentic ox-bone china
In LIULIGONGFANG, A Drink To Virtue used the Eastern four gentlemen flowers - "plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum" as key design elements to be relevant with the concept of "four aggregates generate myriads of phenomena" from I-Ching/ the Book of Changes. It draws the seasonal flowers - "Spring orchid, Summer bamboo, Autumn chrysanthemum and Winter plum" as the main concept into the entire design.
Seasonal Treasures used four kinds of plants as a design theme to convey four seasons with four powers. These plants are "peony in Spring, bamboo in Summer, chrysanthemum in Autumn and plum in Winter" that represented respectively "influence, growth, self-control and vitality". They are the four kinds of wisdom and power, of the essence of the overall human life.