REF No. 6399
Chinese export porcelain famille rose rooster garniture
Yongzheng period circa 1735
Height: 17 inches; 43.5cm
A Chinese porcelain five piece garniture consisting of three ovoid baluster vases and covers and two beaker vases, each decorated in famille rose with panels of roosters on a ground of black and green scrolling foliage with scattered chrysanthemums.
The blue and white garnitures of an earlier period, that might have been used by Daniel Marot in his decorative schemes, gave way to more delicate famille rose forms such as these, suitable for the domestic interior in the mid-eighteenth century. Roosters, rocks and peonies were widely used together by the Chinese to symbolise success in obtaining official rank.
The use of an overglaze black enamel as a ground colour is here very effectively deployed, painted over a green enamel. This is similar to (but not the same as!) the term ‘famille noire’ which correctly describes the use of a black enamel or glaze directly onto the biscuit - and is very rare in the 18th century, most examples being of a later date.
References: Cohen & Cohen 2012, p18, No 12, a larger pair of vases with similar decoration; Williamson 1974, plate LIV, some vases of similar shape and decoration.