A Famille Rose ‘Phoenix’ Plate

Yongzheng Period 1723-1735, Qing Dynasty.

Porcelain, overglaze enamels.

Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China.

D: 22.5cm

SKU: 5894 Categories: ,

A Famille Rose dish decorated in the centre with a lady riding a phoenix flanked by attendants, another phoenix flies high above under a full moon.

The phoenix is a symbol of high virtue and grace. It symbolizes the union of the yin and the yang. In ancient and modern Chinese culture, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon-and-phoenix design symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yang and yin metaphor.