The combination of pairs of quail (an) and chrysanthemums (juhua) stand for anju leye ('May you dwell in peace and enjoy your career'). See T. T. Bartholomew, "A Few Interesting Botanical Themes", JICSBS, Spring 2004, p. 9. A very similar design of quail amidst rocks and chrysanthemums can be seen on a blue and white brush pot dated c. 1645-60, in the Mr. and Mrs. Anthony du Boulay Collection, illustrated by M. Butler et al., Treasures from an Unknown Reign, Shunzhi Porcelain, 1644-1661, Honolulu Academy of Art, 2002, p. 95, no. 5. See, also, the slightly smaller (43.1 cm.) blue and white vase of the same form with similar decoration on the lower half of the body, but painted on the neck with a cockerel standing on a rock flanked by magnolia and peony, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Qing Shunzi Kangxi Zhao Qinghua Ci, Beijing, 2005, no. 54.