Exemplifying the refinement of the Yongzheng period, this lovely octagonal form Chinese export tea bowl and saucer are hand-painted in Famille Rose enamels with two cockerels (the symbol of strength and punctuality) on rockwork beneath arching branches of lush peonies, these motifs continuing around the body of the tea bowl as well. Also interesting to note is the fact that both pieces are borderless and lack the confines of the usually highly detailed diapered borders – the imagery being treated more like a painting on an open surface such as a scroll or screen. The saucer measuring 5 1/4″ in diameter , the 3 1/3″ tea bowl professionally restored. Yongzheng period, circa 1730. Acquired from the Chinese Porcelain Company by the Nelson Kline Collection. Circa 1730.