Background of Famille Rose Chinese porcelain
Famille Rose porcelain was created in early 18th century China during the reign of The Kangxi Emporer (1654–1722). It is defined by the presence of pink color overglaze enamels. We see a range of enamel colors on this bowl, from pale pink to deep red. See P B Welch’s “Chinese Art A Guide to Motifs and Visual Imagery” for more information on Chinese goldfish, peonies, and plum blossoms.
Of particular interest are the following: pages 28 and 98, Goldfish… their name is a homophone for the two symbolic components of material success in Chinese life: “gold with” ( jin) and “jade” (yu) when combined with other elements, they symbolize endless good wishes and congratulations. And on pages 34 and 38, Love of peonies for their bold size and colors is a Chinese tradition. They symbolize riches and honor. The flowering plum is the first fruit tree to bloom at the end of the winter. Chinese tradition associates it with endurance, hope, beauty, purity, and the transitory nature of life.
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