An especially finely decorated Chinese export porcelain Yongzheng period plate, hand-painted in famille rose enamels with an extraordinary amount of skill and attention to detail, centered with a beautiful scene of an elegant lady seated upon a garden seat playing the guzheng, an ancient stringed instrument dating back to the Han Dynasty, behind her a cabinet filled with books and scholarly objects. This sense of refinement continues throughout the rest of the piece with beautifully detailed flowering branches of peony, reserves of koi and cockerels and a lavishly designed cavetto with grisaille diapering overlaid with an iron red and gilded scrolling vine. No effort was spared in creating this lovely object. Measuring 9″ in diameter and in very good condition. Circa 1730.