REF No. 6539
chinese export porcelain famille rose garniture with roosters
Qianlong period circa 1740
Height: 8¾ inches; 22cm
A Chinese export porcelain famille rose garniture of three baluster vase and covers and two trumpet vases, brightly enamelled with a crowing rooster on a blue rock surrounded by tree peony.
The symbolism of the crowing rooster on a rock with peony is all connected to success with official examinations and career prospects, though this would not have been understood by the eighteenth century Western connoisseur.