Yongzheng / Early Qianlong, c1722-40



Finely painted in an early famille rose and iron red palette,

combining the Imari iron red and underglaze blue with a rusty famille rose and heightened with gilt,

the center with a cockerel atop a blue hollow rock and between blooming floral sprays;

the cavetto and border with panels of iron red fences before flora and
with finely painted iron red scrolls and seed pod pulls,

alternating with panels of chrysanthemum flowerheads;

the rim with a gilt scroll border and half flowerheads;
the verso with underglaze blue and iron red floral scrolls;

brown dressed edges


In Chinese symbolism, 'Cockerels' represent the warmth and light of the universe.
Often a feather of a cockerel was placed on the chest of the deceased,
to awaken them at first light for their journey to the afterlife.
The white cockerel is considered a guardian against evil,
while the red cockerel is a guardian against fire.


(An Identical Pair of Chargers - Sold Christie's April 10, 2019, Sale 18151, Lot 73)


Condition : excellent with a small infilled v-nick to one rim; normal rubbing to some enamels and gilt


9" Diameter





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Pair of Chinese Export Rose Imari Plates, c1722-40, Yongzheng / Early Qianlong 


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