A rare famille-rose porcelain table screen
Length: 9 3/8 in, 23.8 cm
With a sunken rectangular panel within the shaped frame. The panel is painted on one side in grisaille with a fisherman in a boat and three scholars seated on the riverbank in a landscape of trees and hills, and with simple buildings on the other bank; the other side is painted in the famille-rose palette with a spray of flowers: narcissus, peony, rose, longan and lingzhi fungus. The sunken panel is bordered by a green diaper, and the frame is painted in iron-red on both sides with dragons and shou (longevity) characters against a lotus scroll, and with leiwen to the top and side edges.
A Yongzheng brush pot painted with a similar grisaille landscape is illustrated in Wang and Fan, Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr & Mrs J. M. Hu, no. 50, pp. 84–5.
Note also a large Kangxi blue and white soldier vase, painted with similar dragons, in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, in Li, Bower and Li, Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty, fig. 10:58, p. 585.