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A large antique Russian porcelain Easter egg, probably by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, circa 1890. The egg with a robin’s egg blue ground is decorated with large bunches of trumpet-shaped morning glory flowers in shades of purple, magenta, orange, & yellow, all entwined with vines & leaves. Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm).
In late nineteenth-century Europe, the morning glory was thought to represent the Resurrection, because the flowers opened each morning.In China it symbolizes unrequited love because it is attached to a folktale concerning two young lovers who, having angered the gods, were forced to live on separate sides of a river & permitted to meet only one day each year.
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