This year’s Asian Art in London is coming to a close, and we wanted to share a very fine pair of Chinese famille rose baluster vases and covers that we have just acquired for the collection. Each vase is elaborately decorated with pheasants in a rocky landscape with flowering peonies.
Chinese famille-rose porcelain refers to porcelain that is predominately decorated with pink colour enamel, which first appeared in the early 18th century during the late Kangxi period. These pink colours were often used in conjunction with an opaque glassy white enamel know as ‘bo li bai.’
The decoration on these vases carries significance. The pheasant is a symbol of beauty and good fortune, while the peony is considered the ‘queen of flowers.’ The peony symbolises spring and is also a harbinger of good luck.
Chinese famille rose porcelain has always been highly treasured by European collectors. Fantastic examples of famille rose porcelain can be seen at prominent English country houses, including Belton House in Lincolnshire, Dryham in Gloucestershire, and Polesdon Lacey in Surrey.