REF No. 6744 GG
GG: Pair of Chinese export porcelain famille rose dinner plates with Mandarin ducks
Yongzheng/Qianlong period circa 1735-40
Diameter: 9 inches; 23cm
A pair of Chinese export porcelain dinner plates decorated in bright famille rose enamels with a central scene of a pair of Mandarin ducks, the rim with the eight Daoist immortals.
Mandarin ducks mate for life and a pair of them in Chinese art symbolises marital fidelity and so, associated here with the eight Immortals, this design represents enduring love.
References: Howard 1994, p65, a large dish with the same subject