Lan Caihe is one of the eight immortals, the Baxian, and more commonly depicted as a maiden with a basket of flowers as her emblem. Lan often chants a verse denouncing the fleeting pleasures and illusions of an earthly life and is also the patron of florists. The lion rests reclined on a rock on top of a dark-wood plinth.
From the collection of Jürgen L. Fischer, Ascona, Switzerland
Jürgen L. Fischer was one of the major European collectors of Chinese art. The extensive size of the collection largely owes to the family’s fortune from the invention of the world-famous “Uhu Alleskleber ” in 1932 (the first synthetic resin glue world-wide) by grandfather August Fischer. Jürgen L. Fischer, who lived until 2013, was an avid collector of Chinese porcelain in an astonishing wide variety, in every size and from every time period. Jürgen Fischer passed on his comprehensive knowledge in numerous specialist books – among others, his large and very instructive book about the art of Chinese snuffbottles and also an antiquarian’s guide to Chinese art.