COMPANY : REISS & Co PHOENIX BIRDS
TRADE MARK : CHINESE PHOENIX BIRDS
CIRCA : 1880 - INDONESIA

 

This beautiful sealed and labelled gin bottle has been in my collection for over 5 years, previously identified as displaying Birds of Paradise  in the pictorial seal and on the label. More research has determined that the birds are in fact : Chinese PHOENIX.
 

The picture above, depicting 2 Chinese Phoenix and flowers, was taken during a recent visit to Vietnam. This symbol was displayed on a Temple in the ancient city of Hoi An, and bears a remarkable similarity to the adornment on the paper label of the REISS bottle. The PHOENIX is a powerful symbol intertwined in Vietnamese and Chinese culture, representing goodness and nobility, and its symbolism can be traced back over many centuries.

 

<< PARADISE BIRD - "de Paradijsvogel"

The paper label displayed to the left clearly identifies a picture of a Bird of Paradise and is a true replication of an existing South East Asian species.

In comparison, the mythical Chinese Phoenix is a composite of many birds, including the head of a pheasant, the body of a duck, the legs of a crane, the mouth of a parrot, the wings of a swallow, and the tail of a peacock.