Saucer. Provenance: China. Dating: Qianlong period (1736-1795), c.1750. A thinly potted saucer on a footring with a spreading side and rim. Polychrome "Famille Rose" decorated with various other overglaze enamel colours. An overall decoration of two peacocks and a flying butterfly in a garden landscape with a flowering peony and prunus tree growing from pierced rockwork. The reverse is undecorated. In China, the peacock, was a symbol of the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese equated the peacock with divinity, rank, power, beauty, dignity, and the desire for peace and prosperity. The hidden or implied meaning behind this decoration is that a pair of peacocks are a devoted couple which fly side by side in the heavens and are like flowers with interlocked branches on earth. The pair symbolize mutual affection between lovers.
Dimensions: Height: 19 mm (0.75 inch), Diameter: 105 mm (4.13 inch), Diameter of footring: 58 mm (2.28 inch). Condition: Two hairlines and some very tiny fleabites to the rim.