London, South Kensington
6 September 2007
A pair of Chinese famille rose dishes, Yongzheng (1723-1735)
each decorated with a scene framed within a scroll of two ladies engaged in conversation in a garden before a pavlion, one leaning over a pierced rock laden with a censer, watched upon by a man in a willow tree peering over the garden wall and an attendant looking through a pierced window, all framed by peony and aster sprays and encirceld by a trellis band below the rim, the undersides with three lingzhi fungus -- max. 9 1/16in. (23cm.) diam. (2)
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The scene depicted is most likely from the play The West Chamber, where the scholar Zhang climbs over the garden wall to see Cui Yingying (the lady seated at the table). The other woman is her maid, Hongniang.
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