Very rare porcelain plate with rooster decoration. China, Yongzheng Period


Very rare “egg shell” porcelain plate painted with Famille Rose enamels of two roosters among peonies and pierced boulder. Outer rim with cell pattern ground divided by three cartouches with peonies.

China, Yongzheng Period (1723-1735)

Diameter: 22 cm (8-2/3 in.)

One restored crack

This is without a doubt one of the finer exported Chinese porcelain decoration realized during the 18th century with roosters decoration.

One identical piece is illustrated in the work by G. C. Williamson "The Book of Famille Rose" (London 1927, pl. XLIX, p. 157-158).
Williamson described this pattern as : "... it is (..) a fine plate brilliantly enamelled in the best egg-shell style with cocks and peonies in naturel colors. The rocks are blue. The diaper border is turquoise, with three reserves, within dark blue lines, each containing flowers and fruit".

One pair of similar plates was sold for $11,250 (Christie's New-York, Collection of Peter HB Frelinghuysen, Jr., January 24, 2012, lot 53).
Another auctioned at Sotheby's, June 23, 1985, lot 655.

Provenance :

  • Items quantity:  1
  • Expertissim Reference: 2014070624