8 November 2005
A LARGE FAMILLE ROSE 'COCKEREL' DISH
YONGZHENG/EARLY QIANLONG, CIRCA 1730-40
Brightly and boldly enamelled and gilt with an octafoil panel at the centre within a narrow gilt scroll surround depicting a cockerel perched on blue rockwork on a terrace, two insects in flight at either side of a large tree peony bloom growing behind the rockwork with smaller flowers, the panel reserved on a bianco-sopra-bianco prunus head and cracked-ice-pattern ground, below an elaborate border of four stylised butterflies and floral sprays reserved on a pink 'fish-roe' ground, the rim with a sepia and gilt key-pattern band
15¼ in. (38.8 cm.) diam.
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