A pair of Chinese famille rose plates with two boys “back to back”. Yongzheng
Decorated in the famille rose palette, with the two little boys “back to back” in a central medallion.
- Period :
- Yongzheng (1723-1735), circa 1735
- 8.85 in. (22.5 cm)
- Reference :
For a plate of this model, see A. Varela Santos, 100 years of Chinese Export Porcelain, 2014/2015, no. 69.
The birth of a son is a joyful occasion and brings great happiness to a family. A popular image in China shows two boys placed back to back to look like four boys, meaning “Four happy occasions” : the joy of having rain after a drought, the joy of meeting an old friend in a faraway place, the joy of the wedding night ans the joy of finding one’s name in the list of those who passed the civil exam.This auspicious motif stands for good luck and wishes for all good things in life.