Our featured porcelain of the week is a peony and phoenix plate with Yongzheng enamel porcelain from the Qing Dynasty. The large painted peony symbolizes extravagance, and the phoenix is an auspicious bird associated with imperial.
This beautifully painted porcelain plate is in goose yellow with a lime green and famille rose enamel rim. The painted phoenix represents good fortune in times of peace and prosperity, and is also a symbol of beauty. The peony flower is associated with wealth and honour and was favoured by the imperial family.
Ching Dynasty, Yung Cheng