Yongzheng/Qianlong period circa 1735-40
Diameter: 15¾ inches; 40cm
Provenance: ex-collection W Martin-Hurst
A Chinese export porcelain punchbowl painted in famille rose enamels with a continuous scene of chickens and pheasants, the rim with a pink Y-diaper border, the interior with a rooster on a rock with peonies.
This wonderful and famous bowl is from the William Martin-Hurst collection which formed the basis for George Williamson’s important publication The Book of Famille Rose. There the bowl is described as “illustrating the high water mark of Famille Rose decoration”. We can only agree with this!
References: Williamson 1970, plate II, this bowl is illustrated and eulogised; Howard & Ayers 1978, No 137, another example.