A brilliant example of the Yongzheng potter’s and painter’s masterful skills, this fine eggshell porcelain 8 1/4″ soup plate is elaborately hand-painted with a central scene of two cockerels upon rockwork with stems of peonies, the rim bordered with a soft pink cellwork ground with reserves of lotus and prunus and roundels of dragons. The imagery seems to have been popular, appearing on dinner and tea wares – the rooster being a symbolism of strength and punctuality, and the peony a symbol of wealth and nobility and the¬†Famille Rose palette of enamels had only been recently developed, but it is evident here how quickly it was mastered. There appears to be a piece out of the rim, going down into the cavetto, but with the expert restoration it is very difficult to ascertain as the piece came to us in this condition – but the painting remains a superb example of class Yongzheng painting.¬† Circa 1730.