The plaque elaborately painted in the famille rose palette on a turquoise ground, with a yellow border depicting blue and red dragons. The center exhibits a peach tree surrounded by a ring of bats, both representing longevity and happiness. The Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, interspersed by stylised lotus blooms, all borne on meandering leafy scrolls. It is possible a table full of auspicious motif such as this one would have been the ideal wedding or birthday gift. Set into the top of the square wooden frame, above the waist with openwork panels.
A ‘Famille Rose’ Porcelain Plaque set within a Table
Qing Dynasty, 18th Century (Plague)
19th Century (Table)
Rosewood and Chinese Elm, Porcelain with Overglaze Enamels
H:56cm x W:66cm